Not sure if you've ever read any of my posts. The less discerninf of the pro-Israel faction on here would see me as anti-Israel. I'm not. I'm a frustrated fan of Israel. I spent time there in the early 1980s and loved the secular, cosmpolitan, tolerant side of it like you describe. I went to Peace Now meetings to oppose the Lebanon War and I was impressed. Increasingly though that,very real, side of Israel seems to be overshadowed by the less tolerant, more extreme side of Jewish Israeli society and, to be honest, I think Israel's about to drink deep of the intoxicating, but ultimately lethal, combination of religion and nationalism. I sincerely hope I'm wrong but I could easily see Israel becoming the Serbia of the Middle East rather than the tolerant, cosmopolitan mix that you and I both clearly would like it to be. Best of luck.
Israeli soldier collapses, dies from heatstroke during visit to Jerusalem's Old City (Haaretz)
from the article: I refuse to be your enemy