Corrections Needed in NYT...Again

Leo Rennert
The New York Times, in its Dec. 21 edition, runs an editorial critical of Israel for its approval of plans to build several thousand homes in East Jerusalem and in an area known as E-1 that would link the capital with nearby Maale Adumim, an Israel town in the West Bank with a population of 40,000 ("The Fading Mideast Peace Dream").

The editorial describes E-1 as a "project northeast of Jerusalem that would split the West Bank and prevent the creation of a viable contiguous Palestinian state."

In making this assertion, the editorial spreads two lies: E-1 development would not split the West Bank.  And E-1 development would not prevent creation of a viable contiguous Palestinian state.

How do we know this?  The New York Times itself told us so in a recent correction it ran about similar false allegations regarding E-1 that had appeared in its "news" section.  In its correction, the Times acknowledged that E-1 development still would leave sufficient room in the West Bank for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.

As Times readers well know, the editorial page has conducted a vendetta against Israel for many moons.  But one would think that its editorialists at least would heed a retraction published by their own paper before repeating anti-Israel slanders that the paper previously corrected.  How embarrassing is that?

At a minimum, it now behooves the Times to run a correction of two lies that were acknowledged in a previous correction.  Such is the paper's animus against Israel that it may take two corrections to finally set the record straight.  But don't count on it.

All this, of course, could have been avoided if Times reporters and editorialists had bothered to look at a West Bank map which clearly shows that E-1 linkage between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim still would permit creation of a contiguous, viable Palestinian state on the West Bank -- with unimpeded access from northern towns like Nablus and Jenin to Bethlehem and Hebron in the south.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.

The New York Times, in its Dec. 21 edition, runs an editorial critical of Israel for its approval of plans to build several thousand homes in East Jerusalem and in an area known as E-1 that would link the capital with nearby Maale Adumim, an Israel town in the West Bank with a population of 40,000 ("The Fading Mideast Peace Dream").

The editorial describes E-1 as a "project northeast of Jerusalem that would split the West Bank and prevent the creation of a viable contiguous Palestinian state."

In making this assertion, the editorial spreads two lies: E-1 development would not split the West Bank.  And E-1 development would not prevent creation of a viable contiguous Palestinian state.

How do we know this?  The New York Times itself told us so in a recent correction it ran about similar false allegations regarding E-1 that had appeared in its "news" section.  In its correction, the Times acknowledged that E-1 development still would leave sufficient room in the West Bank for a viable, contiguous Palestinian state.

As Times readers well know, the editorial page has conducted a vendetta against Israel for many moons.  But one would think that its editorialists at least would heed a retraction published by their own paper before repeating anti-Israel slanders that the paper previously corrected.  How embarrassing is that?

At a minimum, it now behooves the Times to run a correction of two lies that were acknowledged in a previous correction.  Such is the paper's animus against Israel that it may take two corrections to finally set the record straight.  But don't count on it.

All this, of course, could have been avoided if Times reporters and editorialists had bothered to look at a West Bank map which clearly shows that E-1 linkage between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim still would permit creation of a contiguous, viable Palestinian state on the West Bank -- with unimpeded access from northern towns like Nablus and Jenin to Bethlehem and Hebron in the south.

Leo Rennert is a former White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief of McClatchy Newspapers.