posted by O-Trap
This seems silly. I don't believe in treating the nation of Israel as any special kind of ally. Nor, frankly, do I see the justification for taking land from one group of people and handing it to another without the former's consent, which is what caused a lot of the modern conflict.
In that way, I could be said to not like Israel. Of course, it wasn't my land, or my people's land, that was taken, so it would be silly of me to actually get angry at the idea of Israel as a nation, but were it my land, I could see it maybe. Doesn't mean I'd hate an ethnic people group, particularly when there are potentially more in the US than there are in Israel, not to speak of the rest of the world.
I would agree in general, although a debate on the wisdom of something done a full generation before I was born (two in your case) seems to be an academic exercise as opposed to anything truly instructive.
Those who are attempting to school me in understanding the difference between Israel and the Jewish people (I do understand) should go back and review the quotes made by various members of Gal Qaeda. Quotes that are directly aimed at the members of a religion, not a nation. It would be similar to someone dropping an "N-bomb", then saying they can still have credibility in a discussion on race relations.