Essay on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Presidential Election

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Presidential Election


America has lost sight of the big picture. The war on terror is not going to be won through military endeavors or through appeals for international cooperation. Sure, those are both essential parts of combating terrorism, and Americans strive to achieve in both categories. However, this is not a war to simply meet indiscriminate aggression against aggression. This is neither a World War nor a Cold War. Only about one-third of the battle against terrorism is fought through military means, and that’s the easy part. The remaining 66 percent – the bulk of the big picture – deals with convincing those hostile to American intentions that flying planes into buildings
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While more international and comprehensive news sources, such as the New York Times, tend to be more informative on the issue, there is a large variety of media sources that try to bring the issue of Israel and the Palestinians to the forefront. However, what is lacking is coverage of how American policy factors into the pending presidential election. Who stands for what, and how does it affect the vote? These questions appear to be largely unanswered by standard news sources.


MEDIA COVERAGE

Over the past several weeks, the situation in Israel and the occupied territories has become increasingly intense, and the American media has responded in an active fashion. On Paula Zahn’s hour-long news analysis show on CNN, Paula Zahn Now, ten minutes were dedicated to an analysis from experts on the impact of the recent killing of the new Hamas leader, Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi. They spoke in depth about the impacts of such Israeli military actions on the morale of the Palestinian people; however, no mention was made as to the impacts on the upcoming presidential election. In fact, very little was discussed with regards to American support of Israel in general (Paula). In the coverage of the killing on April 18, the New York Times made only a brief mention of the Bush Administration’s stance on the assassination, saying that a statement from the White House said it was, “`deeply…