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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

Palestinians' Goal

August 11, 2004

In your Aug. 9 editorial, you describe Israel allowing Palestinian police officers to carry pistols as a "small positive step." What would satisfy you then? Maybe they should give the "militants" helicopters and tanks.

You also say that the "proclaimed goal" of the Palestinian Authority is the creation of an independent Palestinian state. You failed to mention that it could have had that, with 97% of the West Bank and Gaza with East Jerusalem as the capital in 2000, but Yasser Arafat preferred war.

If you read the Palestinian Authority charter and look at the maps of the region on its websites, you would soon know that its primary "proclaimed goal" is the destruction of Israel.

Judd Silver

Irvine

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