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October 16, 2007

Eldar Errs on E-1

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The northern and southern West Bank are contiguous across 21 kilometers to the east of E-1

After receding into the background for some time, Israeli construction plans for the area between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, known as E-1, made headlines again last week when Akiva Eldar reported on the front page of Ha'aretz plans to build a road for Palestinians circumventing the E-1 area.

In a press conference with Secretary of State Rice yesterday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Rice to help stop further Israeli construction at the site.

With the renewed reports, come renewed falsehoods. As Eldar writes:

Such an expanse [of Israeli housing between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim] would effectively sever the territorial contiguity between the northern and southern West Bank.

In actuality, as CAMERA documented in 2005, territorial contiguity would remain entirely intact; there are some 21 kilometers to the east of E-1, a wider area than the approximate 15 kilometers that Israel has between the Green Line and the Mediterranean Sea.

The USA Today had corrected this same falsehood more than two years ago.

Posted by TS at October 16, 2007 05:30 AM


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