- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 20, 2002

The "Today" show's Katie Couric is a modern renaissance woman, equally at home discussing the Academy Awards with Halle Berry or great issues of war and peace with heads of state. Katie clearly wants everyone to know that she is not only a geopolitical sophisticate, but a tough interviewer with a social conscience, especially when it involves those uppity Israelis and their war on terror. She clearly disapproves of Israeli determination to continue their military campaign until they destroy Yasser Arafat's terrorist infrastructure, whether the United Nations approves or not.

In an interview with British Prime Minister Tony Blair the other day on "NBC Nightly News," Katie indignantly asked Mr. Blair why the Israelis "haven't budged" from their military positions in Ramallah, and "have widened their offensive" even though the U.N. Security Council told them to pull out. Mr. Blair agreed that Israel should leave Ramallah, but reminded Katie that for peace to take hold the Arabs have to recognize Israel's right to exist within secure borders. Katie, noting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's suggestion that Mr. Arafat leave the West Bank, huffed: "That doesn't exactly sound like an invitation to sit down and talk about peace." Nothing about Mr. Arafat's role in the terrorism that provoked the Israeli military operation in the first place. Mr. Blair politely reminded her that "there are suicide bombers going into parts of Israel, blowing up people in cafes and restaurants." But with Mr. Sharon in office, Katie asked, "Can there be a viable Palestinian state?"

To listen to this line of questioning, a listener might think that Mr. Sharon had not just invaded Ramallah, but had planted the suicide bombs in Israel himself. Then clever Katie, perhaps to demonstrate her even-handedness, demanded: "Can there be a secure Israel under the leadership of Yasser Arafat?" Poor Katie. Her researchers had not told her that Mr. Arafat is neither a leader of Israel, nor, so far as anyone else knows, a candidate to lead Israel.

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