Thursday, March 3, 2011

Two Metaphors for the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Two Hagglers and a Lemon

The seller starts at $100, expecting to negotiate downward, and the buyer starts at the highest price s/he can pay. The seller is confused when the buyer won't offer more and eventually becomes frustrated when the buyer won't cooperate. The buyer keeps offering the most s/he can pay and becomes frustrated when the seller won't understand this. There is deadlock and no sale, and a passing observer becomes frustrated because s/he sees just one lemon on a healthy tree.

Two Parties and Two Threats

One party says "If you threaten me, I will hit you in the stomach." The other says "If you hit me in the stomach, I will hit you in the stomach."

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