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Two Sides to Israel's 'Security Partition'

October 26, 2003

Re "Israel Resolute on Building Barrier," Oct. 23: The lie in Israel's claim that the wall is necessary for its protection is that it incorporates Palestinian territory. Some Palestinians no longer have access to their own farms. One family lost 500 old olive trees to make way for the wall. It is an outrage that its construction should continue, and the U.S. was, shamefully, one of only four nations to vote against a U.N. resolution calling for the wall's demolition. Our unquestioning support of all Israel does works directly against our own long-term interests.

William McCall

Arcadia

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The Palestinian terrorists' strategy is to kill Israelis in hopes that Palestinian civilians will be killed in retaliation. Their strategy is to gain worldwide sympathy for the killing of innocent Palestinian bystanders by Israel. To ensure that Palestinian civilians are killed, the terrorists live, manufacture bombs and store ammunition in Palestinian cities. Israel has used great restraint in subduing terrorists, limiting Palestinian civilian casualties. The bombs used by Israel in counterattacks have limited collateral impact, while the terrorist bombs are made to cause maximum collateral damage. The "security partition" simply prevents suicide bombers from attacking Israeli civilians. This barrier will deprive terrorists of their strategy.

Fred Alexander

Santa Monica

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