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September 04, 2002

The intifadeh's over, and the Israelis won by Zev Chafets

Lets hope this guy is not premature.

There has been no official declaration, no formal surrender, but the Al Aqsa intifadeh, launched by Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat two years ago, is over. As usual, the Palestinians have lost. "All forms of Palestinian violence have to stop," Arafat's military chief, Abdel Razak Yehiyeh, told an interviewer. "All resistance acts that are characterized by violence, such as using arms or even stones ... are harmful."

Only six months ago, Palestinian military leaders thought they had an unstoppable weapon - suicide bombers. But Operation Defensive Shield, March's much-maligned Israeli invasion of the West Bank, changed the situation dramatically.

"When we began Defensive Shield, there were roughly 70 senior terrorists in the northern West Bank," says an Israeli security analyst. "They were the hard core, responsible for hundreds of killings. Today there are fewer than 10 left, and it's just a matter of time before we catch up to them."