I am an American-Jew with family in Israel. I support Israel through thick and thin, but I fear that Israel is losing "hearts and minds" in this conflict. Today is March 20 in the US and in major cities across the country there are anti-war protests to mark the anniversary of the war in Iraq. These protestors have several messages in declining order of importance. 1) US out of Iraq. 2) US out if Afghanistan. 3) Free Palestine. How is that has become number 3 on their list? While I do not condone the Israelis for defending themselves, Israelis have to realize there is a proxy war being fought. And it is being fought by your supporters outside of Israel. But every time a headline like this shows up in America, it makes our battle harder and harder. If Israel is going to prevail in this conflict, then it must win the hearts and minds of the rest of the world. You may think, "we don't care what the rest of the world thinks." But you should. It is the only way to peace.
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