The Telegraph published an articleon Dec. 9th by their Middle East correspondent Rafi Sanchez on Palestinian reaction to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Though Sanchez is typically fairer than most in covering the region, in this piece he follows the narrative path of least resistance, takes Palestinian leaders’ words at face value and virtually ignores alternative views or facts which contradict the story’s underlying assumptions.
The piece (“Trump’s decision on Jerusalem shatters the old Palestinian guard”) begins thusly:
For more than 20 years, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian’s chief peace negotiator, has chased the dream of a two-state solution and the hope of an independent Palestinian state.
He followed it to the White House under four different US presidents, haggled over it in secret and public negotiations with hard faced Israeli negotiators, and defended it against sceptical Palestinians on the streets of Jericho.
But in the minutes after
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