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NYT: E1 plans don't preclude contiguous Palestine

December 16, 2012 17:14

'New York Times' issues correction to Dec. 2 article which "described imprecisely" effect of Israeli E1 development plans.

THE AREA in Ma’aleh Adumim known as E1

E1 370. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

The New York Times on Saturday published a correction to a December 2 article which claimed that prospective Israeli plans to develop the E1 corridor between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim "would be a roadblock to plans for a contiguous Palestinian state."

Earlier this month, Israel announced plans to build 3,000 housing units in E1 in response to the successful bid by Palestinians to upgrade their status at the UN.

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The Times article, written by the Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, contended that "critics see development of E1 as a threat to the meaningful contiguity of a Palestinian state...because it would leave some Palestinian areas [in the West Bank] connected to one another only by roads with few exits or by circuitous routes."

In its December 15 correction, however, the Times conceded that the article "described imprecisely the effect of [E1] development on access to the cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem from Jerusalem, and on the West Bank."

"Development of E1 would limit access to Ramallah and Bethlehem; it would not completely cut off those cities from Jerusalem," the correction stated. Accordingly, it continued,
such plans "would not divide the West Bank in two."

The Times correction concluded that "proposed [E1] development would not technically make a contiguous Palestinian state impossible," a reality the December 2 article "referred incompletely to" due to "an editing error."

Last week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described as "simply false" suggestions that construction in E1 precluded the eventual emergence of a Palestinian state.
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