The Bottom Kernel in NYT's Israel-bas​hing Bag

You know the New York Times has run out of news pegs to bash Israel when its Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, has to lead off with an all too predictable tirade against the Jewish state by Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian minister of propaganda (aka ''chief Palestinian negotiator") When Western reporters want to take a poke at Israel, dependable Erekat is always ready with a juicy quote. Thus, in the June 28 edition, Erekat doesn't disappoint and furnishes the requisite pronouncement to get Rudoren off on her Israel-slamming mission. And in the bargain he also gets a two-column headline, "Palestinian Criticizes Israel Over Construction." With Erekat's ammunition, Rudoren tells Times readers that "The Chief Palestinian negotiator condemned Israel on Thursday for moving closer to constructing 69 apartments in a Jewish neighborhood on territory seized in the 1967 war even as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for a fifth round of meetings in his intensive push to revive Middle East...(Read Full Post)