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A couple of stories about the Middle East

Dear Editor:For misguided Sue Gray and her distorted history these two brief stories may put things in proper perspective:1. An emergency meeting of the United Nations is called. The meeting is about another conflict in the Middle East. The Israeli consul began, “Ladies and gentlemen, before I commence my speech, I wanted to relay an old story to all of you. When Moses was leading the Jews out of Egypt he had to go through deserts, and prairies and even more deserts. The people became thirsty and needed water.”So Moses struck the side of a mountain with his cane and at that site a pond appeared filled with crystal clear water. And the people rejoiced and drank to their hearts’ content. Moses wished to cleanse his body and went to the other side of the pond, took off all of his clothes and entered the cool waters of the pond.”When Moses came out of the water, every stitch of his clothing was missing! And I believe that the Palestinians stole his clothing.”Yassir Arafat jumped up from his seat and screamed, “This is a travesty! There were no Palestinians then!” “And with this thought in mind,” said the Israeli consul, “I will begin my speech …”2. A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau has an apartment overlooking the Western Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old bearded Jewish man praying vigorously.Certain he would be a good interview subject, the journalist goes down to the wall and introduces herself to the old man.She asks, “You come every day to the wall. Sir, how long have you done that and what are you praying for?”The old man replies, “I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In the morning I pray for world peace and for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a cup of tea, and I come back and pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth. And very important, I pray for peace and understanding between the Israelis and Palestinians.”The journalist is impressed. “How does it make you feel,” she asked, “to come here every day for 25 years to pray for these wonderful things?”The old man replies calmly, “Like I’m talking to a wall.”David BluefieldOld Snowmass