Regarding the May 16 commentary “Two-story solution for the Middle East” by Yossi Klein Halevi, the writer makes many good points.

Yes, there are basically two “competing narratives” concerning conflict in the Middle East. Yes, “meetings between Israeli and Palestinian religious leaders have quietly occurred even as talks between political leaders collapsed.” And yes, no solutions are forthcoming until Israelis and Palestinians begin “to hear each other’s narratives.”

However, Halevi writes as a Jew in Jerusalem, one who enjoys the unjust status quo in the so-called Holy Land in which Israeli Jews live under the protections of exorbitant U.S. financial support, U.S. veto protection from criticism at the U.N., and of the vast majority of Christians living in the United States. I am not one of them. In my opinion, Israel has become a Jewish apartheid state.

As a Christian, I am appalled that the United States would move its embassy to Jerusalem, symbolizing American support for the oppression of Palestinians. And just because I am critical of Israel does not mean that I am anti-Semitic, anymore than being critical of U.S. policies makes me un-American.

Meanwhile, dozens of peaceful Gazans are being murdered for protesting. What are they protesting? The illegal occupation of their land, the bulldozing of their homes, the building of the wall, the building of settlements in the West Bank, the control of their water and electricity, the closing of Palestinian borders to the outside world, etc.

And has anyone even asked how many Israelis have been killed by these so-called “violent” protesters? Does anyone even care about the hundreds of Gazans who have been hospitalized after being shot by the Israeli defense forces?

America, don’t be fooled by the fake story line of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Rev. David and Rebecca Brown

Streetsboro

Better to spend on veterans

With Memorial Day approaching, some lesser known facts need consideration. A University of Minnesota study showed that 27 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan vets were struggling to put food on the table. Military.com also reported that about 23,000 military families were receiving aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Considering these disturbing stats it comes as no surprise that Donald Trump — arguably no fan of POWs and Gold Star families — wants to throw a parade estimated to cost $10 million to $30 million. That sum sure could be better spent.

John S. Pangyanszki

Fairlawn

Everyone loses

Regarding the May 24 article ‘‘Pompeo: Fate of summit rests with Kim Jong Un,’’

I understand that the remark by a North Korean vice minister was a quote from a lunatic, but for the Beacon Journal to print the phrase ‘‘nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” without adding the caveat that “showdown” is the wrong word, is irresponsible.

“Nuclear to nuclear” is suicide. Period. Mine as well as yours.

Tricia Thomson

Akron