There is an answer for everything. We can deny each other as often as we want. It's easy to do that because we know that if, as aPalestinian, deny Israel, then I know there will be a segment of Palestinians who will cheer me on. It also is comfortable in our history to deny Israel.
It is the same for Israelis. They can deny palestine and Palestinians because there is a segment in their communityw ho will cheer them and praise them and give them personal satisfactionf or saying what some want to hear. And, it makes it easier to deal with the conflict and to pretend that only one side is committing terrorism when both sides are responsible.
The truth is that kind of attitude does not take courage nor does it take much effort. It is easy to hate and hate comes ind ifferent forms. Denial of the other, rejection of the other or pandering to the "choir" of supporters and zealots to hear the cries of praise.
But real courage and leadership is to be able to denounce the killing of the enemy BEFORE one denounces the killing of their own by the enemy.
Real courage is to stand up and acknowledge the enemy as human beings and to cast aside the phony excuses we cling to in order to demonize the other or deny the other.
It is easy to blame others for terrorism and violence and even easier to ignore the violence of our own. It takes real courage to see the violence and crimes and terrorism of ones own people and even more courage to stand up and denounce it and urge your people to stop.
We can play the blame game and never address our own violence, oppressive ways and even terrorism, and feed the conflict. Demonizing others makes it easier for each of us to look in a mirror and pretend we are not guilty.
Or, we can stop and accept that we are all responsible and that the other that we fight are in fact human beings with the same rights. And when we do that we can achieve peace and save our mutual futures.
If Palestine doesn't exist, Israel will not exist either one day. But if Palestine does find itse existence, that will be the means upon which Israelis will insure the survival of their own people.