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Poll: Israel Not to Blame for Failure
of Middle East Peace Talks

Daily Beast, by Josh Rogin

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Posted By:Drive, 5/14/2014 1:47:20 PM

A new poll by The Israel Project aims to show that most Americans don’t agree with the Obama administration that Israel and the Palestinians are equally to blame for the failure of John Kerry’s attempt restart the Middle East peace process. Over twice as many Americans agree with Israel’s claim that they are not primarily to blame for the failure of the Middle East peace process than those who agree with the Palestinian claim that moving toward a unity government with Hamas is a step toward peace, according to a new poll by The Israel Project.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bkt23, 5/14/2014 2:05:39 PM     (No. 9848531)

Opinion does not create or destroy fact. I´m not implying that Israel is to blame for ME peace talk failures. Just that the opinion of Joe Sixpack and Sally Saddlebags doesn´t matter.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 5/14/2014 2:18:01 PM     (No. 9848545)

While the result of a poll doesn´t change things, it does show that, as has happened more and more frequently, the administrations actions and spin are NOT being swallowed by the public. While one single event may not change things here, as many events pile up with negative results for the administration, people DO start to take notice. The press tries to cover but often it´s the administration´s own pursuit of attention that focuses the public on an issue. When it explodes in the administrations face it´s hard to cover it up.

For example, with these negotiations, Kerry is seeking his place in history so he wanted them reported. Then, boom. There is no way to hide it or put a pretty face on it. The media´s favorite trick is simply not to report something. That can´t work when the administration is trying to make a grandstand play.

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