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Two narratives, two sides

Dear Editor:The key issue that escapes recent letter writers regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the existence of two narratives, each from a different starting point. Each side considers the other side illegitimate. Both sides consider themselves victims, with appropriate anecdotes to support that contention. A friend of mine, recently returned from a visit to Israel, described an encounter with the locals. The question: Here we are, this tiny Israel, surrounded by a sea of Islam; why are they not willing or interested in accepting the Palestinians into their midst? (Well, how about 36 million Hispanics being welcomed in the U.S.?) The second question: Why is Israel so lush and green and the Palestinian side, only the width of a road away, so desolate and barren? Can’t they learn from the Israelis? (No water, no green.)My point here is that a substantial minority of Israelis support the policy of somehow making life so tough for Palestinians that transfer to another country might become attractive to them. Success or failure in politics can be judged with some objectivity by, well, either a successful or a failed outcome. By this measure, Israel falls short of its goals and beating up messengers bearing an unwelcome message is not useful.Stefan EdlisAspen