In a widely-circulated article, the Christian Science Monitor provides a brief look into what it calls the “five largest Israeli settlements.” Its terminology and slant are less than objective.
The list includes two hareidi-religious cities, Modiin Illit and Beitar Illit, both of which are contiguous with pre-1967 Israel, as well as Ariel, Gush Etzion, and Maaleh Adumim. Nearly 150,000 Jews live in the five, out of a total of nearly 330,000 throughout Judea and Samaria.
CSM correspondent Ariel Zirulnick reveals his anti-Israel slant as early as the second sentence, when he provides the PA position on the settlements issue without a corresponding Israeli point of view.
In addition, when referring to the areas in question, he identifies them as on “the Palestinian side of the Green Line/separation barrier,” instead of by their Israeli-Jewish name, Judea and Samaria.
Regarding Maaleh Adumim, the city just east of Jerusalem, Zirulnick gives short shrift to the Israeli stance, but explains at length why the PA opposes Israel’s retention of it. He writes that Maaleh Adumim “extends far into the West Bank, leaving only a narrow corridor of land in the eastern West Bank to connect the northern and southern regions of the territory” for a future Palestinian state. In fact, however, the bloc takes up less than half of the width, forcing north-south Arab travel to take a much smaller detour than the one most Israelis have long been forced to take in order to avoid the dangerous Shechem-Jenin route.
Abbas: Our State Will be Judenrein
The presence of Jews and Arabs living in the same small area of land is admittedly a complex problem. But if the goal of the current peace talks is, as Zirulnick writes, “two separate, sovereign states,” negotiators would find it much easier if the PA would allow Jews to live within its designated borders. “I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land,” PA chief Mahmoud Abbas declared at a recent Arab League conference.