January 18, 2013 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton found NPR to be generally accurate, balanced and commendably cautious. However, much of the coverage failed to provide enough context. Questions like "Why is this happening now?" and "What does this mean for the future of the Middle East?" should have been asked more frequently.
Palestinian women harvest olive trees near the occupied West Bank village of Deir Samet near the town of Hebron.
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December 5, 2012 Olive trees symbolize peace and freedom for the Palestinian people, but the economic realities of living in the West Bank are making it harder than ever to cultivate and harvest this traditional food source.
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Construction workers are seen at the E1 construction site near the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem in 2007.
December 4, 2012 Israel's ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned to hear criticism of the plan. The criticism in the U.S. was more muted.
November 11, 2012 The shots — the first that Israel has fired at Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War — come just days after a Syrian mortar shell hit a target inside the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. Israel noted the Syrian firing was part of that country's civil war. Separately, Israel also said it was ready to respond to a barrage of rocket fire from Gaza.
October 12, 2012 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton. He generally found the coverage to be accurate and balanced, but two reports about Israeli settlers in the West Bank used incomplete statistics and missed key details.
Dan Senor, senior national security aide to Mitt Romney, speaks to the press en route to Israel from London on Saturday.
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August 1, 2012 A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended statements the Republican presidential candidate made in Israel about Palestinian culture.
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July 27, 2012 It may have just been a coincidence that on the eve of Mitt Romney's visit to Israel, President Obama signed legislation that increases U.S. military and security aid to the Jewish state. But the timing showed once again the benefits of incumbency in an election year.
July 19, 2012 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton.
April 18, 2012 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton. Coverage focused on Iran's nuclear program and he found it to be generally accurate and fair. Some minor errors and a Robert Siegel interview with an Israeli ambassador were exceptions.
February 14, 2012 A quarterly review of NPR's Israeli-Palestinian coverage by independent journalist John Felton.
December 14, 2011 An NPR report on recent vandalism to Arab sites in Israel unnecessarily confused listeners by lacking context and airing a tendentious interview about the Israeli right that should have been cut. But the story was not an anti-Israel diatribe, as some claim, and was correct in its main premise.
An Israeli Defense Forces photo of Sgt. Gilad Shalit an unknown location today in Israel, following his release.
October 18, 2011 A "dazed ... thin and pale" Gilad Shalit is home in Israel after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas. Palestinians are celebrating as Israeli authorities begin releasing some of the hundreds of prisoners who are being set free in exchange.
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October 12, 2011 The stories generally met NPR's standards for accuracy, fairness and balance.
October 12, 2011 Opinions vary on what the exchange means for the peace process. But some see it as a hopeful sign.
September 22, 2011 What does seem to be certain is that on Friday, Palestinian officials will ask to be admitted to the United Nations. The U.S. opposes that move, saying statehood should come through negotiations with Israel.
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