The Zionist Conspiracy
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Israeli Media Asleep at the Wheel
More than two weeks ago, a Newsweek report quoted Kalman Gayer, an advisor to Ariel Sharon, as saying that Sharon would accept a Palestinian state on 90 percent of Judea and Samaria and "and a compromise on Jerusalem" in exchange for peace.
The Newsweek report was posted on its website, and appeared on newsstands, on November 28.
Yesterday, someone working for Israel's Channel 1 came across the Newsweek article, and reported Gayer's comments as an exclusive. As a result, there has been much hoopla in Israel, with Sharon stating that he rejects Gayer's statements, Gayer claiming he was quoted out of context, and Likud attacking Sharon for his apparent willingness to divide Jerusalem.
What I don't understand is how and why, if the Gayer comments are really a surprise (I had already read the Newsweek article and to me they were not), nobody else in the Israeli media previously picked up on them. Newsweek is not exactly an obscure publication, and I'm sure that many ordinary Israelis read the report on the Internet.