The few paying attention to the infrequent exchange of opinion in this forum about Israeli/Palestinian issues should start recognizing a predictable pattern of response. Any criticism of Israel is met immediately with the charge of anti-Semitism. This unsupportable allegation is intended to slam the door on any further discourse.
Are the Jewish people deserving of sympathy? Of course they are. Who can ever wrap their minds around the monstrous evil of Hitler's death camps? But, why is there never a word of compassion uttered for the 800,000 Palestinian Arabs who were forcibly uprooted from the homes and olive groves they'd cultivated for hundreds of years as Jews moved in when Israel was created in 1948? No matter, too, that there are elderly Palestinians still living in squalid refugee camps who have the keys to the front doors of their homes in Jerusalem, homes that 62 years earlier, were given to Holocaust survivors. These were Europeans who'd never before laid an eye on Palestine.
In their book, "The Israel Lobby," John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, of the University of Chicago and Harvard University respectively, conclude that "although Israel may have been an asset during the Cold War, it is now increasingly a strategic liability. Backing Israel so strongly helps fuel America's terrorism problem and makes it harder for the United States to address the other problems it faces in the Middle East."
We should pay more attention to those who understand.
M. Jensen Ogden