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02AMMAN4050
2002-07-22 13:38:00
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JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON ARAB MINISTERS

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 AMMAN 004050 SIPDIS STATE FOR NEA/ARN, NEA/PA, NEA/AIA, INR/NESA, R/MR, I/GNEA, B/BXN, B/BRN, NEA/PPD USAID/ANE/MEA LONDON FOR GOLDRICH PARIS FOR O'FRIEL USCINCCENT/CCPA, USCENTCOM REAR MACDILL AFB FL NICOSIA FOR ILMG STATE PASS TO AID E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: KMDR JO SUBJECT: JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON ARAB MINISTERS WASHINGTON MEETING, IRAQ, JORDANIAN DETAINED IN DETROIT SUMMARY NEWS REPORTS IN JORDAN'S DAILIES COVERED THE POSITIVE NOTE EXPRESSED BY ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS AFTER THEIR MEETING, WHICH WOULD BE RESUMED IN A WEEK. EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES COMMENTED SKEPTICALLY ABOUT THE OPTIMISM EXPRESSED BY ARAB MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AFTER THEIR WASHINGTON MEETINGS. ALL DAILIES REPORTED THAT THE FAMILY OF OMAR AL- SHISHANI, WHO WAS DETAINED IN DETROIT, AFFIRMED THAT SHISHANI WOULD BE RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY, AND THAT THE DETENTION WAS THE RESULT OF A CONFUSION OVER NAMES. NEWS REPORTS NEWS REPORTS IN JORDAN'S DAILIES REPORTED THE POSITIVE NOTE AFTER THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TALKS, WHICH WOULD BE RESUMED IN A WEEK, ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS. CENTER- LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR LED WITH A REPORT THAT THE PNA FEARS A GENERAL FAMINE. IN AN EXCLUSIVE STORY, CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR ATTRIBUTED TO THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE THE STATEMENT MADE UPON HIS RETURN FROM BAGHDAD, THAT A JORDANIAN-IRAQI FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WOULD BE SIGNED SOON. EDITORIAL COMMENTARY -- JOHNSON'S LETTER AND BUSH'S AFFIRMATIONS PROMINENT DAILY COLUMNIST TARIQ MASARWAH WROTE IN SEMI- OFFICIAL INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-RAI ON JULY 22: "WE REMEMBER VIVIDLY THE LETTER FROM PRESIDENT LB JOHNSON TO HIS MAJESTY THE LATE KING HUSSEIN, IN WHICH HE SAID THAT THE ARAB COUNTRIES' ACCEPTANCE OF LORD CARADON'S INITIATIVE, WHICH BECAME RESOLUTION 242, WOULD ENABLE HIS ADMINISTRATION TO RESOLVE THE CONFLICT WITHIN SIX MONTHS. HUNDREDS OF MONTHS LATER, WE RECALL THIS TO THE ARAB MINISTERS WHO CAME BACK FROM WASHINGTON BEARING THE AFFIRMATIONS OF PRESIDENT BUSH, HIS OPTIMISM, AND HIS CLARITY THAT THE PALESTINIAN STATE WOULD BE ESTABLISHED WITHIN THREE YEARS, PROVIDED THAT THE COUNTRIES WHO HAD ACCEPTED LORD CARADON'S INITIATIVE WOULD ONLY ACCEPT TO END TERRORISM, END CORRUPTION, AND PRODUCE AN ACCEPTABLE PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP. WE REMIND THESE MINISTERS THAT THEY ONLY HAVE PRESIDENT BUSH'S VERBAL ASSURANCES. THIS TIME THERE IS NOT EVEN A LETTER. BUT WHAT IS THERE TO PREVENT OPTIMISM?" -- WILL DROPPING THE OPTION OF RESISTANCE RESTORE LEGITIMATE RIGHTS? DAILY COLUMNIST MAZEN AL-SAKET WROTE IN CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR ON JULY 22: "DEVELOPMENTS BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE U.S. ON THE ONE HAND AND EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA, JORDAN, AND THE PNA ON THE OTHER, ALL REVOLVE AROUND `ENDING THE VIOLENCE,' WHICH MEANS DROPPING THE PALESTINIANS OPTION OF RESISTING THE OCCUPATION. IS IT SUFFICIENT FOR THE U.S. TO DICTATE THIS POSITION TO ARAB MINISTERS WHILE ISRAELI EXPANSION AND SETTLEMENT ACTIVITY CONTINUE? WHAT GUARANTEES DO THE PARTICIPATING ARAB COUNTRIES OFFER US THAT THE REQUIRED ISRAELI WITHDRAWAL WOULD TAKE PLACE, AND THAT PALESTINIANS WOULD RECOVER THEIR LEGITIMATE RIGHTS? WHAT ARE THE POSITIVE ELEMENTS THAT THE MINISTERS TALK ABOUT, WHICH NO ONE OTHER THAN THEM CAN SEE IN THE AMERICAN POSITION THAT IS TOTALLY BIASED TO ISRAEL AND THAT CALLS FOR ENDING PALESTINIAN NATIONAL REPRESENTATION?" -- THE TRIPARTITE DELEGATION RETURNS OPTIMISTIC DAILY COLUMNIST JAMIL AL-NIMRI WROTE IN SEMI-OFFICIAL INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-RAI ON JULY 22: "THE MAIN POINT SCORED BY THE DELEGATION IS THAT THEY MOVED BUSH AWAY FROM HIS INSISTENCE ON REMOVING ARAFAT, IN FAVOR OF A FORMULA WHEREBY HE WOULD HAVE DIMINISHED POWER. AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WOULD BE AN AMERICAN-ARAB MANDATE ON PALESTINIAN REFORMS. IF ALL GOES WELL, THIS WOULD NOT LEAD TO A RESOLUTION OF THE CONFLICT, BUT IT MAY PUT SHARON IN A CORNER AND BRING ABOUT A NEW SITUATION. REACHING A POLITICAL SOLUTION WILL ALWAYS REMAIN SUBJECT TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE ACCEPTING SUCH AN OPTION, WHICH ALSO MAY BE POSSIBLE AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF CALM. THERE IS, AT LEAST, AN ELEMENT THAT SERVES THE PALESTINIANS IN VIEW OF THE GREAT IMBALANCE OF STANDARDS, WHICH IS THAT THE ISRAELI MILITARY OPTION WILL NOT RESOLVE THE SITUATION." GNEHM