Reader reaction to Reuters news
Barak and Barack
Israel to build 50 new homes at West Bank settlement
He will meet President Barack Obama’s Middle East envoy, George Mitchell, in New York on Tuesday, Barak’s office said.
A goal of the Israeli-U.S. negotiations is “advancing a process for a comprehensive regional settlement in the Middle East,” Barak’s office quoted him as saying in a statement.
Since when is it appropriate to call an international figure and national leader by their first name? “Barak’s office said.” “Barak left open the possibility of a limited, temporary…” “Barak has also spoken of couching a Palestinian deal…”
And people wonder why print journalism is a dying profession.
I think you’re a little confused here. The second paragraph made a clear reference to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Barak is his surname, and is spelled differently from Barack, so it should be possible to keep them straight in the story: GBU Editor
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak (R) meets U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell in New York, June 30, 2009. REUTERS/Jamie Fine