777236ER: As a Jew, I completely agree with your post. In all honesty, of all of the Palestine vs Israel bs that has been posted recently, you have made seemingly the most sense out of people's opinions. Regarding your statement that being anti-Israel doesn't make you anti-Jewish, I absolutely concur, however it must be known that the average person living today who is not nearly as educated regarding this conflict or topic may find Israel and Judaism one in the same, and that easily could be the upcoming problem for Jews.
An interesting question came up when I was talking to a fellow Jewish friend. "Would you feel safe/comfortable living in America if America stopped supporting Israel?" While he vehemently answered no, I felt the exact opposite.Even though I am Jewish, would I ever consider moving to Israel? Absolutely not. I just feel more safe and comfortable living in America, or, later on in life, maybe even Western Europe, than I would anywhere else. Just because Israel may be my historical "home" doesn't make it my home. Even among Jews, especially those not residing in Israel, what many people do not realize, is that there is a growing contingent, including myself that are critics of Sharon and his government's policies in dealing with the Palestinians. However, does that mean we are pro-Palestinian? Not necessarily. We have just gotten sick of all the violence from both sides, that other than a slight bias towards the Israelis, which is expected considering the obvious, we are simply pro-Peace.
Another problem is that there are too many people in the world, and on this site as well, that are so biased one way or the other that they do not even bother to consider other opinions or methods to achieve their goals. With the Palestinians, Golda Meir said it best, in reference to the suicide bombers: "Only when the Palestinians love their children more than they hate Israel will peace be achieved." However, with the Israelis, if they could just shove aside their pride and look for a good answer, they would find that if they were in the same position of the Palestinians, they would resort to similar tactics, except for suicide bombers. These people are just in a no-man's land right now. Their "Arab Allies" haven't done much for them other than use them as pawns in their war against Israel, so Israel should become their ally. They should be the knight that saves them. If Israel chose to invest some of the money they use to bolster their defense forces into the Palestinian people to try to educate them and greatly improve their standard of living, there would no longer be a problem because the majority of Palestinians, like any other people, just want a safe, clean place to live, a stable job, and an education for their children. There would no longer be jealousy or covet of Israel's lands if the West Bank and the Gaza Strip became an equal to Israel's current prosperity.