- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 21, 2002

JERUSALEM A hotel cook whose life was spared when a suicide bombing killed 29 persons at a Passover meal two months ago was killed in another suicide attack Sunday as Palestinian militants stepped up their efforts to revive terror attacks inside Israel.
Arkady Viselman, 39, was among three Israelis killed by the blast Sunday in the marketplace of the coastal town of Netanya. More than 50 were wounded.
Two months ago, Mr. Viselman was preparing a holiday meal in the kitchen of the Park Hotel in Netanya on Passover eve when a bomber blew himself up in the midst of the crowded dining room. The cook had just returned from the dining room to the kitchen when the attack occurred.
Moments before his death, Mr. Viselman, a Russian immigrant, had phoned his wife, Victoria, to say he was on his way home. When she tried to phone him back after she heard about the bombing, there was no answer.
"Arkady always said: 'We were so lucky. God loved us.' So here now God took him," Mr. Viselman's colleague, Pinchas Zevulonova, told the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot yesterday.
It was the Passover attack in March that sparked Israel's massive incursion into the West Bank, Operation Defensive Shield, which resulted in the temporary occupation of almost all Palestinian cities there.
Since the operation, the number of terror attacks fell off sharply. Some 200 Palestinian militants were killed in the incursion and thousands of persons were detained for questioning.
Israeli security sources say, however, that radical organizations are beginning to regain their balance.
Yesterday, less than 24 hours after Sunday's attack, a would-be attacker blew himself up in northern Israel when two policemen approached his car. The policemen were not injured.
Also, Israeli officials disclosed that a Palestinian plan to detonate a one-ton bomb in the parking lot beneath twin 50-story towers in Tel Aviv was thwarted three weeks ago.


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