CAMERA Prompts Washington Post Correction on Failed Peace Talks

CAMERA’s Washington office prompted a correction at the Washington Post for a news article which inaccurately blamed “Israeli intransigence” for the breakdown of President Obama’s efforts to facilitate Israeli-Palestinian talks. The error and correction follow:

Error (Washington Post, Liz Sly and Ernesto Londono, 5/20/11): Obama was also up against the disappointments generated in the wake of his much-touted 2009 Cairo speech, in which he pledged to redouble U.S. efforts to seek a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, only to give up the undertaking once it floundered on Israeli intransigence.

Correction (5/28/11): A May 20 Page One article about the response in the Arab world to President Obama’s May 19 speech on the Middle East attributed the foundering of Obama’s first effort to mediate a solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to Israeli intransigence. The article should have made clear that multiple factors caused the effort to fail.

We applaud the Washington Post for the correction. We also note the role that Palestinian intransigence has played in the breakdown of talks on President Obama’s watch.

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