Both letters on Israel and Palestine oversimplify their arguments (TNT, 8-4).
One writer, who holds Israel to “higher standards,” violates a fundamental principle of human society: reciprocity. When Hamas or Hezbollah chooses to rocket Israeli civilians, reciprocity justifies violence against their citizens. When Israel applies violence to Palestinian citizens, it has justified violence against its own.
No side has a moral right to violence without entailing an equal right to respond with violence. “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”
Each side writes compelling narratives to justify their violence. Before 1967, Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and …