On December 8, the Globe and Mail published a prominent article by reporter Steven Chase headlined “Canada firm on ‘two-state solution despite U.S. shift” where Mr. Chase erroneously wrote:
The Trump measure reverses a long-held U.S. policy that Jerusalem’s status must be worked out through bilateral negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.”
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Contrary to this statement, Mr. Trump’s speech specifically asserted that “We want an agreement that is a great deal for the Israelis and a great deal for the Palestinians. We are not taking a position of any final status issues including the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”
Steven Chase’s claim was at odds with Globe reporter Adrian Morrow’s article two days prior where he wrote: “And on Wednesday, he included a lengthly caveat that it ws not meant to predetermine the boundaries of a future Palestinian state.”
As well, Globe European correspondent Eric Reguly’s report (also on December 8) asserted: “Mr. Trump left open the possibility of East Jerusalem emerging as the capital of a sovereign state of Palestine.“
The Trump measure affirms that the status and boundaries of Jerusalem will be worked out through bilateral negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Any suggestion to the contrary was not based on the facts and that’s why we called on the Globe to issue a correction to set the record straight.
We are pleased to report that after liaising with senior Globe and Mail editors, the Globe issued the following correction on December 9 which was prominently featured in its print edition and online article:
HonestReporting Canada thanks the Globe and Mail for its issuance of this important corrective.