Your well-informed Dubai-stationed religion editor penned “Mideast passions quiet over NY mosque showdown.”
When he quotes “Mideast commentators” they are all Muslim. Israel was one of the 40 countries where he was stationed so he knows Jews and can place the Jewish State.
When he writes “was widely welcomed across the Middle East” again he ignores Israel.
We see a parallel between the insensitivity of a mosque near Ground Zero and the callousness of a 23-foot cross looming over the Auschwitz concentration camp. The symbols are fine, to place them there is rude.
The huge cross was removed; the Muslim place of worship belongs somewhere else.
For the reporter, advocates & opponents only have an academic difference of opinion.