The Mideast: Who's Responsible For What

We disagree that the decline in the Palestinian economy was caused by the Israeli system of closure--and not by the intifada ("Sharon's Israel," European Edition Cover Story, Feb. 12). In 1999, with the same Israeli controls in place as were there in early 2000, the economy grew 6% to 7%. What foolhardy nation would not put restrictions in place when riots and terrorist acts become a daily occurrence? The result is that the Palestinians have bitten the hand that feeds them, and now they are suffering the consequences.

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