...and I would appreciate honest answers.
I know it's been a while since my last post. I have a question for those of you in this fine forum.
I have many discussions on a different forum regarding Israel and their battles with Islamic militants and such. Many of the people that I have these discussions with seem to be anti-Israeli government regarding certain aspects of the struggle with their Arab neighbors.
They feel that the Israeli military uses disproportionate force when dealing with Hamas. Of course, I disagree with them all of the time, explaining that if I were the Israelis, I would do the same to protect my citizens from terrorist rocket fire.
They always refer to that rocket fire as merely a "nagging nuisance" and not really significant enough to warrant the recent incursion performed by the IDF. I don't agree with them and I tell them so.
My question is in regards to anti-semitism. These people that I am arguing with at the other forum state they are not anti-semites and have no ill feelings towards Jewish people as a whole. But their problem is with the policies of the Israeli government, not the civilians that live there. Are these people I argue with considered to be anti-semites?
They tell me that they have Jewish friends, but have no ill-regard towards them, just the actions of the IDF and policies of Israel's government.
Are they still considered anti-semites, even though their disagreement is with the government and not the general population?
I'm very curious as to all of your opinions on this matter.
Thanks, in advance.
And sorry I've been gone so long...