Last update - 11:41 15/04/2008
Following Israel boycott, Al-Jazeera agrees to discuss coverage of Mideast conflict
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
The Qatar-based television network Al-Jazeera has agreed to discuss its coverage of the Israeli-Arab conflict with Israel, after Israel decided to embargo the media outlet, claiming its reports were biased.
The chief executive of the Arab-language station agreed to the request by Deputy Foreign Minister Majali Wahabi (Kadima), who complained in a letter that the station ignored the plight of Israeli residents of the Western Negev, who have been the target of Qassam rocket attacks from Gaza for years.
Last month, an official directive issued in Jerusalem ordered Israeli officials not to grant interviews to Al-Jazeera, citing the station's anti-Israel bias.
Foreign Ministry officials said they were pleased with the network's willingness to discuss coverage of Israel.
Meanwhile, the network omitted any reference to Monday's meeting at the Qatar conference between Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and the Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa. It did, however, report on Livni's meeting with her counterpart from Oman.
Qatar's national television network aired photos of the meeting between Livni and the Qatari head of state.