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Alon Ben-Meir's article, "Lost Perspectives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" (January-February 2006), offers a sense of moral equivalence as if, whenever there is conflict, both sides share the moral high ground.

For example, he explains that the two "parties" are "unable to overcome the repercussions of the second Intifadah." As a consequence, the Palestinian territories have become "unruly" and the Israelis "scarred" Well, we can't be sure of what he means by unruly, though we know that they have ceaselessly attacked Israel. And he prefers to call the Israelis scarred, as if they have received permanent damage that has distorted their ability to understand and accommodate to the Palestinians. More reasonably, I think, the Israelis have figured out that the Palestinians aren't to be trusted. Surely, Yasser Arafat's sudden departure from Camp David then followed by the Intifadah underscores that point. If the Palestinians truly want peace, all they need to do is stop shooting. The Gaza Strip, unilaterally handed over to the Palestinians, continues to be a source of rockets into Israel with consequent retaliation. Scarred? I think not. Pissed off? Of course.

Bertram Rothschild

Aurora, Colorado
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Author:Rothschild, Bertram
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2006
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