Friday, November 27, 2009
Two Views of the Same Middle East
Occasionally, it happens: two reporters in two different newspapers come up with entirely different perspectives on the same issue on the same day.
Call it harmonic divergence.
In today's New York Times, Ethan Bronner's analysis: "Half-Truths Dim Chances for Renewing Mideast Talks."
In today's Toronto Globe and Mail, Patrick Martin's analysis: "Despite the Criticism, Netanyahu is Making Inroads."
Bronner is deeply pessimistic about the Israeli government and its approach to possible peace talks. He even invokes the likelihood of another Intifada.
Martin says that life for the Palestinians hasn't been this good for years. Business in Nablus and Bethlehem is booming and breakthrough talks seem to be proceeding between Israel and Hamas.
So much for the idea of "pack journalism."