2,114. 6/28/2001

” ‘I read that you said that you would not let Osama bin Laden dictate to the U.S.,’ [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon told [President] Bush, and then made the point he came to the White House to press home: ‘Everyone has his bin Laden. [Palestinian National Authority President Yasir] Arafat is our bin Laden.’ ”

 – William Safire, “Ariel Makes His Point to George,” The New York Times, June 28, 2001

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