Monday, January 26, 2009

60 Minutes

This is a sober, thoughtful and informed segment on the fading prospects for a two-state between Israel and Palestine.  The report puts the lens precisely where it should be, namely on the illegal Israeli settlements and how they thwart the achievement of a sensible solution.  

If President Obama is serious about reaching a solution, then there is no escaping the need for a tough U.S. stance on the settlements.  It has been nearly 18 years since a U.S. president (George H.W. Bush) was willing to take that sort of tough stance.

The timing of the 60 Minutes report could not have been more helpful for George J. Mitchell as he leaves for the region.  60 Minutes is consistently one of the most-watched shows in America.

If you care about this issue, then I suggest you contact the show to tell them your opinion about the broadcast.  You can be sure they will be hearing plenty from the right-wing Israel lobby.  There are comment forms on the page, but an old-fashioned snail letter or even a postcard can have much more impact because it takes a bit more effort on the viewer's part.

Mr. Leslie Moonves, President and CEO
CBS Television
51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019

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