After describing Israel as "arrogant," Kuttab mentions his new favorite topic: hunger striking Palestinians:
"On the ground in Palestine, Israel is ignoring the basic demands of thousands of hunger striking Palestinians. Prisoners are demanding basic rights as simple as family visits, obtaining books and an end to administrative detentions. Two Palestinians held without trial or charge are in their second month of hunger strike, putting their lives in real danger."Even on this simple topic, Kuttab can't stick to the truth. The source of his claim about what the prisoners demand doesn't say anything about "family visits" or "obtaining books" (it does mention a ban on Arabic books). What the hunger strikers are really demanding is a cancellation of the following restrictions: "a ban on Arabic newspapers, books and television; a halt on the transfer of funds from family members to prisoners, necessary for many basic food products, cigarettes and more; and discontinuing academic studies of the prisoners in Israel’s Open University, which enables distance learning." Hardly "basic rights," but how can we expect any Palestinian apologist to use that term correctly anymore? Let's move on.
Here's another obvious misdirection that Kuttab feels no need to disguise:
"The Israeli hasbara (propaganda) machine has, of course, been busy painting Palestinians as anti-peace because of their refusal to negotiate if settlement activities are not suspended. And even though Palestinian negotiators quietly dropped the demand that talks restart without Israel committing itself to the 1967 borders (with adjustments) as U.S. President Barack Obama had called for, Israel depicts peaceful Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as the enemy of peace."So Palestinians refuse to negotiate while settlements are being built, the "Israeli hasbara machine" points that out, and Kuttab really has no rebuttal to offer. But I guess he feels that pointing out the PA dropped another one of their demands is enough to prove the "machine" wrong.
But here's the biggest whopper yet:
"And just when it seemed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would get away with their claims that they are the peaceful doves and that Abbas is the hawk, credible Israel officials deflated the balloon. Israel's president Shimon Peres, the godfather of the Israeli nuclear bomb, called on the Israeli government to negotiate with Abbas (not the other way around). The seemingly open and shut case in favor of Netanyahu and against Abbas has also been exposed by some most unexpected sources."I invite you to click on the link Kuttab uses as his source. Here it is again. The link does not say what Kuttab says it does. In the article, Peres simply says that he believes it's possible to reach a peace agreement with Abbas and that Netanyahu is finding "a different way". Peres does not call on the Israeli government to negotiate based off the text of that article. I guess Kuttab expects us just to trust him at his word.
The rest of the article is better about the truth, but no less propaganda. You can read the rest of it if you want, I've had enough.