Very refreshing to read your posts F6_Turbo. I have a great deal of Israeli friends and colleagues who are young, liberal and secular and no way represent the ruling extreme right, who are increasingly a minority in Israeli and American politics. I have an invitation to attend a wedding in October in Tel Aviv and I might just take up on that offer. Unless there are more people to people contact, the ignorance and hatred, which are present on both sides can never be undermined.
You are spot on about greedy Arafat. Most Palestinians I know, quietly blame him for the deal that he left on the table. And, the Arabs in general are as much to blame for the Palestinian issue.
I just hope one day they can all live together in peace without hating each other without even knowing one another. Pipe dream ? Maybe..