A recent New York Times article that claimed prospective Israeli plans around Jerusalem "would be a roadblock to plans for a contiguous Palestinian state" was wrong. That's according to a new correction in The Times.
Earlier this month, Israel announced plans to build 3,000 housing units in the area known as E1, between Jerusalem proper and the West Bank settlement Ma'aleh Adumim. The move was widely seen as a response to the successful bid by Palestinians to upgrade their status at the UN.
The Times article 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 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."
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."
Via The New York Times and The Jerusalem Post.