On February 22, the PostMedia newspaper the Kingston Whig-Standard published a column by anti-Israel commentator Louis Delvoie who wrongly that all members of the Arab League had rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, known officially as the “Peace to Prosperity” plan or, more colloquially, “The Deal Of The Century”.
Delvoie has a rich history of making misleading, erroneous, and inflammatory claims about Israel, of which, HonestReporting Canada has frequently complained about and rebutted.
Delvoie erroneously stated the following in his column (emphasis added):
The peace plan that Trump unveiled in the presence of Netanyahu, and with no Palestinian leader in attendance, will go absolutely nowhere because it is so heavily weighted in Israel’s favour. It has been rejected by the Palestinians and by all member states of the Arab League.”
HonestReporting Canada notified senior editors at the Whig-Standard that this statement is patently false and it’s well known that at the unveiling of the plan at the White House with President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, that the Ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain and UAE were all there to show their country’s support of the deal. Furthermore, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Qatar have all publically embraced the peace plan.
That’s 7 Arab League member countries in total who have endorsed the plan as a basis for renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
In response to our complaint, the Whig-Standard has removed this reference from the online version of Delvoie’s column. It now states the following (emphasis added):
The peace plan that Trump unveiled in the presence of Netanyahu, and with no Palestinian leader in attendance, will go absolutely nowhere because it is so heavily weighted in Israel’s favour. It has been rejected by the Palestinians.”
While HonestReporting Canada appreciates that this column has been corrected, we have yet to see a correction notice published in the print edition of the Whig-Standard which would serve to set the record straight. We have reiterated that request recently to Whig-Standard editors.
Stay tuned to this page for future updates.