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02AMMAN4067
2002-07-23 15:12:00
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JORDAN: MEDIA REACTION ON KING'S WASHINGTON

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UNCLAS AMMAN 004067 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 KING'S WASHINGTON VISIT, IRAQ, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES SUMMARY NEWS REPORTS IN JORDAN'S DAILIES COVERED THE ISRAELI BOMBING OF A RESIDENTIAL AREA IN GAZA, MUASHER'S COMMENTS ON KING ABDULLAH'S FORTHCOMING VISIT TO WASHINGTON, THE SIGNING OF A JORDANIAN-IRAQI TRADE PROTOCOL, AND THE COMPLETION OF NEW AMERICAN MILITARY CAMPS IN KUWAIT AND QATAR. EDITORIAL COLUMNISTS WROTE LARGELY ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE SPANISH-MOROCCAN TENSION. ONE EDITORIALIST COMMENTED ON THE OPTIMISM OF THE ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS AND ANOTHER ABOUT RADIO SAWA. NEWS REPORTS THE LEAD STORY IN JORDANIAN DAILIES ON JULY 23 REPORTED THE "NEW ISRAELI MASSACRE IN GAZA" IN WHICH "12 MARTYRS AND 150 WOUNDED FELL AS AN F-16 BOMBED A RESIDENTIAL AREA." ALL JORDANIAN DAILIES REPORTED FOREIGN MINISTER MARWAN MU'ASHER'S STATEMENT THAT KING ABDULLAH'S FORTHCOMING VISIT TO PARIS AND WASHINGTON RELATES TO "HE PREPARATION OF A CLEAR PLAN TO END THE OCCUPATION AND ESTABLISH A PALESTINIAN STATE BY MID-2005." ALL JORDANIAN DAILIES REPORTED ON THEIR FRONT PAGES THE SIGNING OF A JORDANIAN-IRAQI PROTOCOL TO EXPAND TRADE EXCHANGES AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION. ALL DAILIES ALSO REPORTED ON THEIR FRONT PAGES THAT THE U.S. HAS COMPLETED THE CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONAL MILITARY CAMPS IN KUWAIT AND QATAR. EDITORIAL COMMENTARIES -- THE OPTIMISM OF ARAB MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS PROMINENT COLUMNIST DR. FAHED AL-FANEK WROTE IN SEMI- OFFICIAL INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-RAI ON JULY 23: "REPORTS SAY THAT THE ARAB MINISTERS OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CAME BACK FROM THEIR MEETING WITH THEIR AMERICAN COUNTERPART HAPPY, BECAUSE THE SITUATION, AS IT APPEARED TO THEM, WAS NOT AS BAD AS THEY EXPECTED AFTER BUSH'S SPEECH OF JUNE 24. CLEARLY THE THREE MINISTERS LOOKED FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE AND FOUND SOME, ALBEIT OBSCURE ONES DEVOID OF MECHANISMS FOR THEIR IMPLEMENTATION, AND AKIN TO WISHFUL THINKING. THE ARAB MINISTERS HAVE COME BACK EMPTY HANDED REGARDING PALESTINE AND WITH EVEN LES REGARDING IRAQ. WASHINGTON STILL INSISTS ON STRIKING IRAQ AND CHANGING ITS REGIME TO PROTECT ITS NEIGHBORS DESPITE THEMSELVES, THEREBY LAUNCHING ITS FIRST WAR THAT IS NOT PRECEDED BY ANY PROVOCATION, WITHOUT ALLIES, AND AGAINST AN ENEMY THAT HAS NOT TOUCHED ITS INTERESTS." -- SUCCESS BY IMITATION NABIL AL-SHARIF, CHIEF EDITOR OF CENTER-LEFT, INFLUENTIAL ARABIC DAILY AL-DUSTOUR WROTE ON JULY 23: "THE LAST BASTION OF ARAB MEDIA, THE YOUTH AUDIENCE, HAS NOW FALLEN. ANYONE WHO DOUBTS THE ENORMITY OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED NEEDS ONLY TO ASK THE YOUTH WHICH IS THEIR FAVORITE RADIO STATION, AND HE WILL DISCOVER THAT IT IS THE AMERICAN RADIO SAWA. BEFORE WE BREAK INTO WAILS OF LAMENTATION, WE SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THIS STATION HAS SUCCEEDED IN ATTRACTING ARAB YOUTH THROUGH ITS HIGH PROFESSIONALISM AND ITS SENSITIVITY TO WHAT THE YOUTH WANT. WE SHOULD ALSO ADMIT THAT THIS ATTESTS TO THE FAILURE OF THE ARAB MEDIA. IT IS EASY TO POINT THE FINGER OF BLAME AND CHARGE THAT THIS STATION SEEKS TO BRAINWASH OUR YOUTH. IT WOULD BE BETTER TO ASK: `WHAT DO WE OFFER TO THE YOUTH AS AN ALTERNATIVE?' FURTHERMORE, SINCE WE CANNOT SUCCEED BY INNOVATION, SHOULD WE NOT TRY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS BY IMITATION?" GNEHM