(Chicago Tribune, Uli Schmetzer, 7/23/03): Israel has said it will not withdraw from occupied territories in the West Bank, as required by the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, unless the Palestinian Authority disarms what Israel calls terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
(8/8/03): A story on Page 3 of the main news section July 23 should have pointed out that the U.S.-backed road map for peace links an Israeli pullout from Palestinian lands to disarmament of Palestinian militant groups.
(Chicago Tribune, Uli Schmetzer, 7/5/03): Israel is obliged under the peace process to release prisoners, and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in a bind.
(7/10/03): A story in the main news section Saturday about the Middle East incorrectly stated that Israel is obliged under the peace process to release prisoners. It is not.