I have a somewhat conflicted view of Israel. My father was born there, my grandfather lived there and is buried there. I have lived there myself for two protracted periods, in times of conflict including Desert Storm. It was never a particularly easy place for me to live.
Although I met wonderful people there, when I last visited I perceived a definite change in attitude in the country since I first lived in Gesher Haziv in the 1970's. I found myself disliking a lot of the people on my last visit, the ultra right settlers, the Russian emigres and haredi. I saw many of them both becoming and resembling their own worst enemies.
I love you Israel and I want you to survive. It feels good to see my people in the streets. Good people, forward thinking people, people interested in both security and a true peace in the region. People with a Jewish soul and heart.
Time for the duplicitous Prime Minister to retire and take care of his health, let a real and honest leader lead.