Armand does not realize either that if he can live freely (wherever he does) it is because there is a Jewish state: Israel. I agree with your post. The longing for Israel has been central in jewish life (both religious and secular) for 1948 years. And for 60 years Israel has been central to jewish life.
Syrian rebels call for regional alliance against Russia and Iran (Reuters)
from the article: Report: Abbas reiterates refusal to recognize Israel as 'Jewish state'