WaPo should stop trying to predict the news and start reporting it instead
In "Netanyahu sets sights on annexing West Bank territory" (5/13/20), The Washington Post continues its trend of writing about what "could" be caused by an Israeli action — always suggesting the worst outcome and always being wrong. At least the Post is consistent. In this article, I lost count of how many times it speculated about what "could" happen if Israel "annexes" 30% of the West Bank. Of course, the term isn't really "annexation," because Israel is already entitled to the land pursuant to the 1920 San Remo Resolution.
In this article, the Post writes that Israel is seeking sovereignty over parts of the West Bank in accordance with the U.S. administration's recent peace plan. This "could upend regional peace accords reached during decades of delicate diplomacy" and "could alienate some of [Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's] supporters," states the Post (emphasis added).
The Washington Post previously stated that the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem "could" cause violence and riots in the streets; that recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel "could" cause violence and riots in the streets; and outside of Israel but nearby, that the killing of Iranian military mastermind Qassem Soleimani "could" cause retaliation and wreak havoc. None of this happened.
The Post should stick to describing actual events instead of guessing what "could" happen. In that way, the people there could be the newspaper of record for reporting — not predicting — the news. If they want to be in the predicting business, they should hang a shingle with tarot cards on the sign. And with that, they would go out of business because they are wrong so often.