All you have to do is look at the Talkbacks on articles in this newspaper to see that Israel will NEVER, EVER catch a break from many people. Unfortunately, there are a great many who believe that a Jewish state is "racist" by definition. They will never concede that Jews have a right to live in Israel, and they will forever believe that the creation of Israel was criminal. In their minds, Jews are trespassers in Israel, and the entire Jewish history in, and rationale for, Israel is a pack of lies. Because Judaism is a unique combination of religious as well as cultural and national identities, Israel will never be understood by these folks and will forever be seen by them as exclusionary and abnormal. They will never understand Jews, never recognize that we have had a historic and continuous presence in Israel, nor will they ever concede our need for self-determination. Israelis are scum, in their eyes. I wish I saw an end to the conflict, but I don't. I wish I had your optimism.
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IDF: Shots fired at troops operating near Gaza border, no injuries or damage sustained (Haaretz)
from the article: I refuse to be your enemy