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Perspective on Ramallah

October 04, 2002

"His Own Worst Enemy" (editorial, Oct. 2) overlooks several important facts regarding the Israeli incursion into Ramallah. The purpose behind this mission was to arrest many known terrorist leaders that Yasser Arafat is harboring and who are behind the suicide bombings. That Ariel Sharon executed the mission clumsily by bulldozing buildings and not stating clearly what the goal was does not obfuscate the correctness of the mission. The suicide bombing hiatus that the Israelis enjoyed for six weeks only came about through many Israeli security intercepts of attempted suicide bombings and not due to any cessation on the part of the Palestinians.

Elliot Semmelman

Los Angeles

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