One of the common misconceptions heavily promoted by successive Israeli governments and their lobby in the US is that Israel keeps making generous offers of peace towards the Palestinians but keeps getting rebuffed, and that this is the main hindrance to achieving peace. That this goes against all the facts has been repeatedly pointed out but it has become one of those zombie lies that is trotted out routinely and is reinforced by the western media to justify Israeli excesses, apartheid policies, and the steady and continuous encroachment of Palestinian lands by the expansion of settlements in the Occupied Territories.
We can now witness another such meme in the making. The influential New York Times recently reported that the latest efforts at the never-ending US-sponsored ‘peace process’ risks being scuttled because the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas reneged on a deal and instead sought recognition of Palestine as a state in various international agencies.
James North and Philip Weiss describe what really happened and how this media narrative is receiving some pushback before it, like past distortions, gets too entrenched as conventional wisdom. The pushback even caused the NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan to acknowledge that her newspaper had framed the story wrongly. Jonathan Cook has more.
But that is not going to end the issue. Expect to hear the story of how the ungrateful Palestinians sabotaged the peace talks cropping up all over the place.