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James Bennet

Error (New York Times, James Bennet, 10/19/03): So far, the Israeli Army reports finding three such tunnels during this operation, and a total of 48 during the current three-year conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Fact: Bennet understated the army’s figure for weapons-smuggling tunnels found in the three-year conflict. According to an Oct. 16 press release from an army spokesperson, “Since the beginning of the current armed conflict, IDF forces have discovered some 70 weapon smuggling tunnels.”

Error (New York Times, James Bennet, 9/25/01): Mr. Sharon imposed a new condition: 48 hours of “absolute quiet” before any talks.

Fact: In fact, 48 hours of absolute quiet is not a “new condition.” Since the Mitchell Agreement, Sharon has demanded (and the U.S. agreed) that any talks must be preceded by one week of “absolute quiet.” Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, Sharon has actually reduced this condition -- requiring 48 hours of quiet instead of one week.