Sunday, November 18, 2012

New York Times: OY VEY! Where Do Politics Fall With Israel?

Kaitlyn Crist

Tensions Rise Overseas

Arguably the top story this past week is the teetering emotions between Israel and Palestine with continued bombings on the Gaza Strip

Israel fires a missile in response to a rocket attack.
A potential deadly and dangerous war that has been boiling for decades could begin at any moment, treating not only those in the embattled holy land, but possibly the entire world. 

Politics Never Sleeps 

Though the President is still coming off his victory almsot three weeks ago, the job of the President of the United States never ends. 

The world keeps on spinning, and with that, so do diplomatic affairs, including those going on in Gaza. 

Since the September attacks in Benghazi  the foreign policy of the President has been at the forefront of many American's minds. 

Lacking Coverage 

Because the the battle between Palestine and Israel has been an issue several presidents have had to deal with, it is only natural citizens would wonder what the State Department's take on the entire situation would be. 

On a side note, I understand that the State Department currently sides with Israel, but is approaching with caution. 

Looking through the Times this week, I saw far too little in the politics section about the issue. 

The week's politics coverage was mostly based on the impending Fiscal Cliff, and the Patreaus scandal rocking the CIA. 

Looking at the "World" section of the website shows a lot of coverage on the topic, and some stories of the President visiting Asia, and the hopes he will touch on the topic. 

HillaryClinton and at the U.N. General Assembly in September.
As a reader, I would hope that the political coverage would focus more on the issues overseas. What Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's camp was saying on the matter, and what the President was doing to encourage a cease fire.  

Overall, I wouldn't say the coverage was bad, but on the political side, it was difficult to find. 

I hope as the story unfolds, we see more about what government officials are doing. 

This is a situation that has been waiting to boil over for quite some time, and though the Preident doesn't want to step on the toes of either side, if he doesn't the results could be deadly. 

Whatever the state decides to do, I hope that outlets like the Times are there to properly cover every step, especially when there are politics involved. 

This is the first major event of the President's second term, and I would like to see how this unfolds politically every step of the way. I think that the politics section would be a great place to start. 


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