(New York Times, Steven Weisman, 12/5/03): [Under the Geneva Accord,] Israelis would keep most of their settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
(12/12/03): An article last Friday about President Bush’s meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan misstated the effect that an unofficial peace plan drafted by Israelis and Palestinians, known as the Geneva plan, would have on Israeli settlements. Under that plan, Israel would give up most of the settlements in the West Bank, not keep them. But since the 400,000 Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem are concentrated in a few settlements and neighborhoods that Israel would keep under the plan, about 300,000 settlers would remain where they live.
(New York Times, Steven R. Weisman, 11/26/2003): The Bush administration, in a rare rebuke to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, has decided to rescind $289.5 mllion in American-backed loan guarantees for Israel as a punishment for illegal construction activities in the West Bank, the Israeli Embassy announced Tuesday.
(12/3/2003): An article last Wednesday about the decision by the Bush administration to cancel $289.5 million in American-backed loan guarantees for Israel referred incorrectly to West Bank construction activities that prompted it. Although federal law requires revoking loan guarantees to penalize certain construction deemed contrary to American policy, the United States does not define the activities as illegal.