When historians look back on the current false peace between Israel and the Palestinians to determine what ended the Palestinian dream of a viable state, they’ll find answers in a February 24 New York Times editorial. There they will discover that a major American newspaper endorsed a land grab of monumental proportions.
Historians will ask: Did the Times really not know what was happening? Or was it so biased in favor of Israel that the paper willingly distorted reality to assure Americans that the leadership of Israel was courageous and sacrificial when it announced that it would remove a small number of settlers from Gaza and the West Bank?
Critics of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon describe his “sacrifice” of Gaza as a ploy to gain acceptance of Israel’s permanent retention of the suburban population blocs that surround the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Ramallah.