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BUSINESS AS USUAL AFTER BUS BOMBING

Suicide bombings no longer seem to have the power of disruption that Muslim militants intend to provoke.

The latest deadly blast on a Jerusalem city bus failed to set off large anti-government rallies in Israel or even the usual triumphant marches by Palestinian hard-liners in the Gaza Strip.Israeli and PLO peace negotiators broke off talks just long enough to allow for burial of the dead, a marked contrast to the lengthy suspensions after previous attacks.

And, rather than open-ended travel bans as before, Israel said it was sealing off the West Bank and Gaza Strip for only two days, although the West Bank closure was extended another day late Tuesday.

Although Israelis are privately outraged, everyone appeared in a hurry to get back to business - a sign that suicide bombings are becoming part of the Israeli land-scape.

"These mass attacks have become routine," the Maariv daily wrote in an editorial. "The whole issue has turned into some sort of ritual, like lighting torches on Mount Herzl on Independence Day."

The nearly routine public response to Monday's attack suggests that it made little impression on public opinion, that it only seemed to reinforce long-held beliefs.

Israeli hard-liners said the attack brought new proof that Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's plans to hand much of the West Bank to the PLO would only expose Israelis to more Palestinian violence.

A few hundred anti-government protesters blocked roads, scuffled with police and clamored for Rabin's resignation, but the blast didn't galvanize the masses of protesters opposition leaders keep hoping for.

Yehiel Leiter, a leader of the Jewish settler movement in the West Bank, complained that many of his fellow Israelis were too busy chasing the good life to demonstrate - even those who are uneasy about the government's peace policies.

"This is a hedonistic era. . . . It allows these kinds of incidents to blow by. It becomes routine. We say it is terrible, we light some candles and we resume our lives," said Leiter, who lives in the Kiryat Arba settlement outside the West Bank town of Hebron.

But liberals argued that Israelis are beginning to realize that while more bombings are inevitable, there is no alternative to continuing the peace talks with the Palestinians.

"The politicians should have told their voters yesterday, we will have more terror, whether you like it or not," columnist Nahum Barnea wrote in the Yediot Ahronot newspaper Tuesday.

"The question is, `What do you want? A peace process with a little bit of terror, something like a bus (bombing) a month, or the continuation of the occupation (of the Palestinians) with much more ter-ror?' "

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban said there is a long Israeli tradition of not letting violent attacks interfere with diplomacy.

He noted that the 1974 Israeli-Syrian talks proceeded despite an attack by Syrian-sponsored Palestinian guerrillas in the northern Israeli town of Maalot in which 21 schoolchildren were killed.