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09JERUSALEM62
2009-01-07 11:47:00
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Consulate Jerusalem
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JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (01/07): GAZA - "A FASCIST WAR"

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TAGS: PREL KMDR KPAL KWBG KPAO IS
SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (01/07): GAZA - "A FASCIST WAR"

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Main Stories:
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The three papers lead with the January 6 "Israeli massacre" of
displaced civilians who had sought refuge at a U.N. school in
Jabaliyah refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. In photo
coverage, Al Ayyam and Al Hayat Al Jadida run an oversized, graphic
photo of a dead toddler, buried to her neck in the school rubble.
Al Quds leads with a photo of medics carrying the body of a dead boy
also killed on January 6. The papers report on the killing of 42-45
people at the U.N. school, bringing the death toll for January 6 to
100, 71 of whom were children and seven, women. Al Quds adds that
UNRWA's flag was visible above the destroyed school and quotes an
Israeli military spokesperson commenting that, "Israel was
responding to Palestinian militants' fire." Al Hayat Al Jadida
reports on additional families "killed beneath the rubble of their
homes," bringing the total death toll for Palestinians since the
start of Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip to 660, with
approximately 3,000 injured. The paper also reports on the killing
of five Israeli soldiers and injuring of 28 others, including a high
ranking officer.

All papers front page statements by Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime
Minister Fayyad condemning Israel's attack on the UNRWA school,
calling the situation in Gaza, "an unprecedented humanitarian
catastrophe" and demanding an unconditional halt to the fighting,
adding that the, "situation in Gaza cannot wait while the [UN]
Security Council hesitates." Al Ayyam's front page reports on
discussions in New York at the U.N. Security Council on Gaza
fighting, highlighting PA President Abbas' demand for an immediate
ceasefire in Gaza. Al Quds' front page quotes Abbas' spokesman
Rafiq Hussayni stating on January 6 that the PA will sue Israel for
"war crimes" committed in Gaza. Finally, Al Quds and Al Ayyam front
page a report that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has agreed to open
a humanitarian corridor into Gaza, to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Al Quds' front page cites AFP in reporting that President Bush is
proposing "tough" conditions for a ceasefire in Gaza. President
Bush is quoted as demanding a durable ceasefire in Gaza under which
Hamas will not be able to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel.
President-elect Obama is also quoted on Al Quds' and Al Hayat Al
Jadida's front pages, citing AFP, stating that lives lost in Gaza
and Israel is "unfortunate" and that he will have, "a lot to say on
the Middle East" once he assumes the presidency. Al Quds' inside
page cites NBC in revealing that U.S. military engineering units
have deployed on the Egyptian side of the Gaza Strip to monitor
borders and detect smuggling tunnels.

Al Ayyam's front page cites news agencies in quoting Israeli Defense
Minister Barak "acknowledging" that the Israeli army will face
"difficulties" in Gaza operations, yet expressing Israel's
determination to continue the "fighting" to the end. The paper and
several local on-line news agencies also quote Palestinian analyst
Wasif Erekat predicting that Israel will decide in the "next few
hours" whether to accept a ceasefire or continue fighting. Erekat
also noted that Israel is taking into account recent statements made
by the Bush administration and incoming Obama administration over
concern about the rising number of civilian casualties, according to
the report.
Al Quds' front page cites news agencies in reporting on a proposal
by Egyptian President Mubarak for a ceasefire, "for a limited time."
The paper adds that French President Sarkozy has stated that he
awaits Israel's response to Mubarak's initiative. Al Ayyam's front
page reports that Palestinians and Americans "welcomed" Egypt's
initiative and adds that a Hamas delegation is currently in Cairo to

JERUSALEM 00000062 002 OF 002


discuss Mubarak's initiative, before bringing it back to Hamas
leaders in Damascus.
Al Quds republishes on an inside page the op-ed by John Bolton
titled, "The Three State Option" that first appeared in the
Washington Post on January 5.
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BLOCK QUOTES:
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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 JERUSALEM 000062

SIPDIS

STATE PASS BBG
STATE FOR NEA, NEA/IPA, NEA/PPD
WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESS OFFICE, SIT ROOM
NSC FOR ABRAMS
CMC WASHINGTON DC FOR POLAD

JERUSALEM ALSO FOR ICD
LONDON FOR HKANONA AND POL - TSOU
PARIS ALSO FOR POL
ROME FOR MFO

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KMDR KPAL KWBG KPAO IS
SUBJECT: JERUSALEM MEDIA REACTION (01/07): GAZA - "A FASCIST WAR"

--------------
Main Stories:
--------------
The three papers lead with the January 6 "Israeli massacre" of
displaced civilians who had sought refuge at a U.N. school in
Jabaliyah refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. In photo
coverage, Al Ayyam and Al Hayat Al Jadida run an oversized, graphic
photo of a dead toddler, buried to her neck in the school rubble.
Al Quds leads with a photo of medics carrying the body of a dead boy
also killed on January 6. The papers report on the killing of 42-45
people at the U.N. school, bringing the death toll for January 6 to
100, 71 of whom were children and seven, women. Al Quds adds that
UNRWA's flag was visible above the destroyed school and quotes an
Israeli military spokesperson commenting that, "Israel was
responding to Palestinian militants' fire." Al Hayat Al Jadida
reports on additional families "killed beneath the rubble of their
homes," bringing the total death toll for Palestinians since the
start of Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip to 660, with
approximately 3,000 injured. The paper also reports on the killing
of five Israeli soldiers and injuring of 28 others, including a high
ranking officer.

All papers front page statements by Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime
Minister Fayyad condemning Israel's attack on the UNRWA school,
calling the situation in Gaza, "an unprecedented humanitarian
catastrophe" and demanding an unconditional halt to the fighting,
adding that the, "situation in Gaza cannot wait while the [UN]
Security Council hesitates." Al Ayyam's front page reports on
discussions in New York at the U.N. Security Council on Gaza
fighting, highlighting PA President Abbas' demand for an immediate
ceasefire in Gaza. Al Quds' front page quotes Abbas' spokesman
Rafiq Hussayni stating on January 6 that the PA will sue Israel for
"war crimes" committed in Gaza. Finally, Al Quds and Al Ayyam front
page a report that Israeli Prime Minister Olmert has agreed to open

a humanitarian corridor into Gaza, to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Al Quds' front page cites AFP in reporting that President Bush is
proposing "tough" conditions for a ceasefire in Gaza. President
Bush is quoted as demanding a durable ceasefire in Gaza under which
Hamas will not be able to fire rockets from Gaza into Israel.
President-elect Obama is also quoted on Al Quds' and Al Hayat Al
Jadida's front pages, citing AFP, stating that lives lost in Gaza
and Israel is "unfortunate" and that he will have, "a lot to say on
the Middle East" once he assumes the presidency. Al Quds' inside
page cites NBC in revealing that U.S. military engineering units
have deployed on the Egyptian side of the Gaza Strip to monitor
borders and detect smuggling tunnels.

Al Ayyam's front page cites news agencies in quoting Israeli Defense
Minister Barak "acknowledging" that the Israeli army will face
"difficulties" in Gaza operations, yet expressing Israel's
determination to continue the "fighting" to the end. The paper and
several local on-line news agencies also quote Palestinian analyst
Wasif Erekat predicting that Israel will decide in the "next few
hours" whether to accept a ceasefire or continue fighting. Erekat
also noted that Israel is taking into account recent statements made
by the Bush administration and incoming Obama administration over
concern about the rising number of civilian casualties, according to
the report.
Al Quds' front page cites news agencies in reporting on a proposal
by Egyptian President Mubarak for a ceasefire, "for a limited time."
The paper adds that French President Sarkozy has stated that he
awaits Israel's response to Mubarak's initiative. Al Ayyam's front
page reports that Palestinians and Americans "welcomed" Egypt's
initiative and adds that a Hamas delegation is currently in Cairo to

JERUSALEM 00000062 002 OF 002


discuss Mubarak's initiative, before bringing it back to Hamas
leaders in Damascus.
Al Quds republishes on an inside page the op-ed by John Bolton
titled, "The Three State Option" that first appeared in the
Washington Post on January 5.
--------------
BLOCK QUOTES:
--------------

1) Al Quds editorial is titled, "Who will stop the killing of
children and women in Gaza?" (01/07): "The Gaza Strip, that small,
densely populated piece of Palestinian land that is under siege from
all directions; from land, sea and air: Where can its citizens take
shelter from the intensive Israeli shelling?.. This mad war would
have no justification if Israel had not besieged [blockaded] the
Strip... When this war stops, the Israelis whose brutal military
offensive has reached a dead end over the last two days, will
realize that they made a mistake in sending their army to Gaza.
Violence was not and never will be an effective way to settle
political disputes."

2) Jawad Al Bashiti comments in Al Ayyam on a recent Al Jazeera
interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres, under the title, "The
'war' logic in Peres explanation" (01/07): "Israel used the pretext
of Palestinian rocket and projectile attacks that injured five
people, to wage a fascist war on the Gaza Strip which has so far
killed and injured more than 3,000 Palestinians, most of whom are
civilians, and a majority of whom, are children and women
...Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas did well in declaring that the
Palestinian Authority will not return to the [administration of the]
Rafah crossing, if its return is part of a new reality that Israel
is trying to create [in Gaza] through its fascist war - a war on all
the Palestinian people."
WALLES