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Israeli Military

Error (NPR, Alice Fordham, 10/2/14): And [in Shatila] they remember one of the worst atrocities of the war - a massacre of mostly Palestinian civilians by Christian militias helped by Israeli forces, in 1982.

Correction (Online, 10/6/14): In the audio of this report, it is said that Israeli forces "helped" Christian militias during the massacres of mostly Palestinian civilians at two Lebanese camps in 1982. An earlier Web version of this report said the same. The massacres were at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, which at the time were surrounded by Israeli forces. A commission established by Israel's government later concluded that the massacres were "perpetrated" by the militias. The commission also concluded that Israel bore "indirect responsibility" because it allowed the militias to enter the camps "without consideration of the danger" and because "no energetic and immediate actions were taken to restrain" the militias or stop the massacres.

Error (Ha'aretz, Gili Cohen, 4/3/13): Every professional army officer who does not serve in a front-line unit must spend one week a year protecting these [illegal outpost] settlements.

Correction (4/5/13): An article by Gili Cohen ("IDF regularly deploys soldiers to guard one-quarter of illegal West Bank outposts," April 4), should have stated that every professional army officer who does not serve in a front-line unit must spend one week protecting vulnerable communities on both sides of the Green Line. The original version included a translation of the Hebrew term "yishuvim" as "settlements."

Error (McClatchy, Dion Nissenbaum, 7/20/08): Israeli planes, tanks and artillery batteries staged relentless attacks that killed more than 1,200 Lebanese civilians...

Correction (Online update, 7/28/08): Israeli planes, tanks and artillery batteries staged relentless attacks that killed more than 1,200 Lebanese citizens...

Fact: Because McClatchy only corrected the online version of story, the erroneous language remains in news databases.

Error (Los Angeles Times, Richard Boudreaux, 10/31/07): Unlike Israeli Arabs, who number 1.4 million and make up one-fifth of the country's population, Druze serve in the military.

Correction (11/3/07): Israeli army: An article in Wednesday's Section A about a raid on a Druze village in Israel said that Arabs did not serve in the Israeli army. Military service is not compulsory for Arab citizens of Israel, but they can enlist voluntarily. A small number of them do so.

Error (Los Angeles Times, Teresa Watanabe, 9/16/07): . . . younger Jews . . . grew up to see Israel command the Mideast's largest military.

Correction (10/13/07): Israel's military: An article in the California section Sept. 16 about young American Jews reconnecting with Israel stated that Israel has the largest military in the Mideast. Although some experts rank Israel's military as the most powerful in the region, it does not have the largest budget or number of personnel.

Error (Philadelphia Inquirer headline to AP article by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, 10/23/06 ): Israel says it used banned shells in war

Correction (10/27/06): A headline Monday incorrectly stated that Israel used "banned" shells during the war with Hezbollah. While the article said the Geneva Conventions ban the use of white phosphorous as an incendiary against civilians or civilian areas, Cabinet Minister Yaakov Edri said Israel used the shells against Hezbollah "in attacks against military targets in open ground."

Error (International Herald Tribune, Saeb Erekat, Op-Ed, 11/26/05): Israel is a nuclear power boasting the fifth-largest military in the world. . . .

Correction (1/3/06): An opinion article on Nov. 26 about the opening of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt referred to the Israeli military as "the fifth largest military in the world." While there are various ways to measure military strength, in terms of manpower alone and counting both active service members and reservists, Israel's miltary ranks 18th globally, according to data in the latest edition of "The Military Balance," a reference by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Error (New York Times, letter by Rhoda Shapiro of Encinitas, Calif., 3/23/04): The Israelis’ justification [for the killing of Ahmed Yassin], that he has been the cause of Jewish deaths, cannot be taken seriously when the largest military in the Middle East refuses to obey the rule of law. . . .

Correction (3/26/04): A letter on Tuesday about the killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the founder of Hamas, referred incorrectly to the Israeli military. It is not the largest in the Middle East; some Arab countries and Iran have larger military forces.

Error (NPR, "All Things Considered," Peter Kenyon, 1/26/04): In a crushing display of military might, the world’s fourth-largest army swept back into the West Bank cities it had vacated during peace talks with the Palestinians.

Correction (2/5/04): In a story that aired January 26th on the strategy of Israel’s military to head off Palestinian attacks, we said that Israel’s army was the world’s fourth-largest. There are various measures of military strength, but, measured by manpower, Israel ranks 13th according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.