Two sentences in Sun correspondent Robert Ruby's dispatch from Jerusalem yesterday tell the whole story:
"Israeli police shot to death at least 19 Palestinians on the Temple Mount yesterday [and] injured more than 140 others . . ."
"Police said 20 Israeli civilians and six policemen were injured, none seriously . . ."
In light of these undisputed facts, questions of who provoked the incident -- whether the Jewish religious extremists who first marched against a Moslem holy site, or the Palestinians who threw rocks at Jewish worshipers at their holy site -- are irrelevant. The gross disparity between a massacre on one side and minor injuries on the other is self-evident. Under the circumstances, President Bush was showing restraint himself when he called on Israel to use "greater restraint" in such clashes.