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2002-05-27 08:18:00
Embassy Amman
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UNCLAS AMMAN 002655 SIPDIS STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR, I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD, NEA/IPA FOR ALTERMAN USAID/ANE/MEA LONDON FOR GOLDRICH PARIS FOR O'FRIEL USCINCCENT//CCPA, USCENTCOM REAR MACDILL AFB FL STATE PASS TO AID E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KMDR JO SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON MIDDLE EAST Summary -- Lead stories today, May 27, continue to focus on developments in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the U.S. involvement. Other stories highlight President Bush's visit to Europe and his remarks there. Editorial Commentary -- "Bush looks at region with one eye" Center-left, influential Arabic daily Al-Dustour (05/27) editorializes: "President George Bush wastes no chances to launch harsh criticisms of the Palestinian Authority and its leader Yaser Arafat. It is as if the entire crisis of this region is revolving around the one man, without even the drop of a hint of Israel's responsibility and its occupation of the Palestinian lands for the past 35 years. It seems that President Bush, launching his criticisms of the Authority every chance he gets, did not get the news about Israel's recurrent invasions of Palestinians towns and villages, nor the news about Israel's killings of men, women and children, nor the news about the Likud's decision to reject the Palestinian State. It is double standards that the Bush administration is following. It is the American- Israeli war against the Palestinian people, their leadership, their cause and their rights. It is the ultimate arrogance and meddling in other people's affairs." GNEHM