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Am I the only person who is getting really hacked-off at the way Israeli government officials always accuse their critics of anti-semitism?
I for one have no issue the the existence of the state of Israel, or with it's right under international law to use it's military in self defence.

But, I do have a problem with the way it uses it's military at times. For that, I would be called anti-semitic by the Israeli ambassador to the UK!
asked in Israel, politics

siasl74 answers:

I'm getting hacked off with the whole conflict. Neither side seems willing to negotiate that much, and even when they do, there are enough nut-jobs lying around to derail the process. I suspect it will take another 10 years at least before anyone calms down.

Minor apples with oranges comparison, but look how long it took N. Ireland to calm down a bit.

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vultan answers:

Yes - it shows an unwillingness to engage in dialogue, it's completely irrelevant to why people are outraged by their recent behaviour, and by hiding behind accusations of anti-Semitism Israel can't expect to be taken seriously when it points out legitimate grievances it has with Hamas.

It's an age-old tactic. It's a bit like the way the American anti-war movement was described as un-patriotic. When someone is losing any claim to the moral highground they put their accusers on the defensive by making irrelevant but potentially damaging accusations against them.

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rasputin1309 answers:

The problem is that most of Israel's neighbours do have a problem with the existence of the state of Israel and they only have to lose one war and they are dead - so I think their behaviour is understandable.
There is undoubtedly some anti-semiticism which rears its head when issues with Israel come to the fore. I'm not saying it is prominent but there is some and based on what has happened to Jews over the years it is hardly surprising that they may be a tad touchy on the subject.

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funrunna answers:

I'm hacked off too!

The race to cite anti semetism stinks!!

For a people, so willing to point out the ongoing "struggle" for survival/existence. It is diabolical that there is no compassion for anyone else. Persecution... What is that???

One law for one and one law for another, doesn't fit my definition and I reserve the right to state it, irrespective of race,creed or colour.

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Poindexter answers:

No, I feel the same way.

What's even worse is that Jews who are even vaguely critical of Israel are accused of being Jew-hating Jews, and of essentially not being a real Jew.

And it's desastrous that the Western community has adopted an agenda that's essentially ultra-Zionist (by that I mean one that accepts the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestine). All on the back of the holocaust, which the Palestinians had nothing to do with.

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