Is this real or match-fixing?

Updated 05 February 2017
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Is this real or match-fixing?

The other day, The Washington Post and The Jerusalem Post carried identical front page headlines: “Trump warns Israel: Stop announcing new settlements.” A White House official has said that all parties should cease “unilateral actions” and affirmed the two-state solution. This is the first time the new administration has confirmed that Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be negotiated between the parties.
We have also learned that the White House was annoyed that it was not consulted on Israel’s unprecedented announcement of 5,500 new settlement housing units over the last two weeks since Trump has been in power. The two readers’ comments I read below this news item in The Jerusalem Post were more interesting. One reader raised the question “Does Israel need to consult with the White House? Israel has its own system of elected government and needs no permission from the president of Gambia, the US or Cuba?” In response to this, another reader wrote, “Israel needs America for money and defense. Without America, Israel would have been history long ago!“
Trump’s warning apart, there is a view in some circles that this is just match-fixing compared to what he had to say about Israel during his campaign. Anyway, for the Palestinians’ sake, let us hope it is real for now.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia