Israeli/Palestinian Peace Talks and Deja Vu

Friday, September 03, 2010


If you felt a sense of déjà vu when reading about the latest round of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks this week, you were not alone. The situation seems intractable but the reporting too often follows a well-worn template. JJ Goldberg, senior columnist for The Forward, understands that déjà vu feeling but argues that savvy readers will find a different story this time.
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Comments [6]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Just a thought, the word so wrongly abbreviated is E-T-C-E-T-E-R-A!

Neil, well said. Steve, that has been true of particular Israeli journalists for decades. The sting of the charge of opposing Israeli policy has less baggage there.

Sep. 10 2010 02:25 AM
Steve from Baltimore, MD

This is one of the best encapsulations of the Israel-Palestine conflict I have ever heard. Kudos, Brooke.

The reporter is Jewish, but it's hard to call him biased toward the Israeli occupation and expansion. It's interesting that American journalists are more blindly pro-Israel than the Israeli media.

Sep. 06 2010 10:47 PM
Neil from Austin, TX

J. J. Goldberg lives in the Jewish echo chamber and his opinions are therefore biased. This is what he did not mention. Nothing will change in the Middle East if Iran is not part of it. The mistake of the US has been to put the pyramid of the Middle East on its head by discounting the importance of Iran and putting all its eggs in the Israeli basket. Solve our problems with Iran, all the other problems (Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine/Israel) will also be solved. Attempting to deal with the Middle East without Iranian involvement is akin to making decisions in the European Union by replacing Germany with Malta.

Sep. 05 2010 03:55 PM
Robert from NYC

Yeah, why isn't there a Palestinian journalist in this discussions/assessment! Oddly that is a true rarity in this "story". On this subject I recommend Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, you won't get the Israeli spin. You won't get that on NPR unfortunately where you would expect to get it.

Sep. 05 2010 10:29 AM
Bob Potter from MA

Huh. I haven't heard reporting about how the Palestinians have moved towards compromise while Israel has moved away. Why do I have to hear this from an Israeli reporter? Why haven't the American media covered it?

Sep. 04 2010 05:41 PM
Just a Thought

Classic examples of Yellow Journalism with its sophistry, lies, moral equivalence and political agenda is one of the things that have fueled this conflict for so long. Journalists who safely stay in a comfortable hotel in Israel and then drive into the territories for their "front line face time" so they can bash Israel with IDF protection during the day and then have drinks in a Tel Aviv bar at night do see it as a ghastly soap opera for their own career enhancement and the Palestinians understand that and use it. Other conflicts around the world do not provide that kind of logistic security and dramatic battle scene pictures in the same day so they are largely ignored by the media and REAL injustice goes unreported like in Rawanda, Chechnya, Darfur ect. Naturally the media wants the dramatic soap opera to continue.

Sep. 04 2010 08:20 AM

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