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Title: MEDIA REACTION: ARAB SUMMIT, ISRAELI MACHINATIONS, AND

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05MUSCAT5222005-03-30 03:51:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Muscat
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UNCLAS MUSCAT 000522 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR NEA/ARPI (TROBERTS), NEA/PPD (CWHITTLESEY), NEA/P 
(FFINVER), INR/R/MR 
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FOREIGN PRESS CENTER/ASILAS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KPAO KMDR OIIP MU
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: ARAB SUMMIT, ISRAELI MACHINATIONS, AND 
AMERICAN FAVORITISM 
 
 
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Calls For Israeli Withdrawal 
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¶1. On March 25, the privately-owned Arabic daily "Al-Watan" 
carried an editorial entitled "The Positive Algerian Summit": 
 
"Despite the absence of public enthusiasm for the Arab summit, 
its outcome was positive.  The summit made any peace initiative 
contingent upon Israel's withdrawal from Arab territories, 
including Syrian, Palestinian, and Lebanese lands, as well as the 
establishment of an independent Palestinian state.  Arab leaders 
insisted that their aim was to encourage Israel to comply with UN 
resolutions on the Palestinian issue." 
 
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Israel Hinders Peace 
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¶2. On March 26, the government-owned Arabic daily "Oman" carried 
an editorial entitled "Sabotaging the Peace Process": 
 
"When 13 Palestinian factions met in Cairo and agreed to an 
unofficial truce with Israel, many observers both in and outside 
the region were optimistic that the Israeli-Palestinian issue had 
entered into a new and promising phase.  However, Sharon's 
announcement of plans to expand three settlements in the West 
Bank has destroyed that optimism.  It is clear that the Israeli 
prime minister has intentionally endangered the peace process for 
internal political reasons." 
 
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Double Standards 
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¶3. The privately-owned daily "Al-Watan" published an editorial on 
March 27 entitled "America's Polite Criticism of Israel": 
 
"The American administration sometimes rebukes Israel for doing 
things that hinder the peace process.  However, these mild 
reprimands do not amount to very much because America never uses 
words like "condemn" or "denounce" in reference to Israeli 
actions.  Nevertheless, if an Arab country deviates from American 
policy, the U.S. administration raises its club and threatens to 
beat the country into submission through military might, economic 
boycotts, or international pressure." 
 
BALTIMORE