I'm finished with this topic, Aggie. The people who live around me hate Jews as the people who killed Jesus, and I wanted to plumb a little deeper...make some decisions of my own...before the locals go ballistic. There are no Jews around here, so like a blank slate, I asked for a definition of anti-semitism. I've based my conclusions on that. There are some good Jews and some bad, some good Israelis and some bad...as in all groups and nations. What I expected. But the hijacking of the term 'anti-semitism' by the Jews is unacceptable. Arabs are semites too.
And America will never benefit from the Iraqi oil. A couple dozen companies will benefit, but that'll be personal profit, which they'll turn over into buying more govt influence.
You tout the benefits of an 'educated' clergy and Lurker claims to be part of that educated clergy, but your tag-team ignorance is stupefying. Piping oil from Iraq to Israel will be the worst possible symbolic action imaginable in the Mid East, and we all know it. I gather you're not American, so maybe the article below won't apply to you. But it should disturb American Jews. This is why I came back to this thread...to post this link. Take a look at it.
Jumping on the Bandwagon
You talk about 'right-wing' Americans...well Jews are jumping on the bandwagon, it appears. And the sad thing is THERE IS NO RIGHT AND LEFT WING ANYMORE in America. Just privatized, expanding govt intent on eventually controlling EVERYTHING. The left wing has infiltrated the right and taken control of it, and the left-wing agenda of expanding govt is being turbo-charged by the new right...the neo-cons.
But on the topic of Jews, if the oil flows to Haifa and a local soldier comes home dead from Iraq, the people around me will take it quite personally. And I'll have to decide where I stand...with them or against them. I can only talk generalities to them so long...no Jews aren't inherently evil any more than Baptists, no they didn't kill Jesus, no they're not out to steal your children...but they won't listen to that at the funeral. And afterwards they'll only have one question for any Jews they meet...do you support Israel? If the Jew answers yes, he or she will be in severe trouble. See what I'm getting at? American Jews are going to have to distance themselves from Israeli looting, or that will be the litmus test for a LOT of non-Jewish Americans...do you support Americans dying for the enrichment of Israel?
At least I asked the questions and came to my own conclusions. Shalom to you, too.