The Thursday letter “Israel trying to keep terrorists out” was indeed thought-provoking. It made me think of the early days of this country when one or more foreign potentates decided this would be a good place for white people to settle, then proceeded to invade and take over the lands of the native Americans.
When those natives, understandably, defended their property they were deemed terrorists. Then the whites built fences (forts) to keep the terrorists out. The whites also signed many treaties with the natives, and violated most of them before the ink was dry. Finally, the whites resorted to establishing reservations to keep the natives confined (Gaza Strip?), while the whites continued to usurp their lands (Jerusalem and the West Bank?)
It might be useful to recall that the land involved was called “Palestine” until the Balfour declaration and the subsequent establishment of the State of Israel. Both peoples have a right to peaceful coexistence. But this will happen only if one side accepts the continued existence of Israel and the other stops encroaching on more Palestinian land through further Jewish settlements.