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johnwhilley



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Post Post subject: To BBC's Wyre Davies re Netanyahu's coalition deal Reply with quote

Sent May 8, 2012

Dear Mr Davies

Today's BBC online piece 'Israeli PM Netanyahu strikes surprise coalition deal'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17986071 states that:
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"Mr Netanyahu must be credited with leading one of the country's most stable governments of recent times, our correspondent says."

I understand your particular application of "stable government" here, but might you also have called it one of the "most unstable governments" in terms of the heightened instability it's brought to the region?

The article also attributes this opinion to you:
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"He says the main issues in any election would be, as ever, security, including now the threat from Iran, and relations with the Palestinians."

Are we only to read "security" as the concern of Israelis? What about security for occupied Palestinians and worried Iranians?

More specifically, shouldn't that be "the alleged threat from Iran"? "[T]he threat from Iran" is presented here both as a statement of fact and as straight acceptance of Israeli claims.

Also, if "relations with the Palestinians are so important", why isn't that core question - namely, the Netanyahu government's resistance to any peace deal and the continued insecurity it's caused - not made central in the actual piece?

I wonder if you can see the very obvious, biased impact of such key omissions and framed wording on viewers' impressions of the issues?

Kind regards
John Hilley
Wed May 09, 2012 6:40 am
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