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We were supposed to do a tour in Jericho today but it was cancelled. What was interesting to me telling other Israeli Jews where we were going is that many wanted to come, some did not but all said the same things: “But it’s not safe”. Most Israelis (unless they travel in the West Bank) assume that anywhere Arab is not safe for Jews. This is not a debate about the why (Israelis hear Palestinian violence or threats towards Jews daily for 100 years) or if this is fair or comparable (Palestinians also fear Israeli soldiers/it is a minority who commit violence).

 

My question is that if there are two peoples living on this land and we have to find a way to live together somehow- how can this be done when we are so cut off from one another and violence keeps us away from even trying to get to know each other? How do we change the mantra of ‘Arabs are violent’ or ‘Israelis are violent’?

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I find Amos Oz to be an overrated writer to the extreme and full of phoney sentimentality.  Perhaps you should write him, Sussan, and ask him to read (or reread) the Hamas Charter.  From the standpoint of Hamas, it's an ideological struggle and no amount of compromise will assuage its (Hamas) need to destroy and decimate.

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