My opinions about Israel have been developed over many years and are pretty well informed. They are quite a bit more complex than it is possible to express in the usual discourse about the subject. ME: "I disapprove of Israeli policy X." INTERLOCUTOR: "Antisemite!"
Some of my conspecifics seem to be of the view that Israel is infallible, and it is not really possible to discuss Israeli policies or activities except to praise them. I am perplexed by this view, and I can't figure out what has informed such an opinion. On the other hand, some reckon Israel can do nothing right, and this is equally perplexing.
Here are the core principles that I have developed in thinking about the conflict in Palestine:
1. God loves both the Jews and the Arabs, and both categories of people are entitled to the same consideration.
2. Peace is good, and violence is bad.
3. Violence in the name of a state is not morally distinguishable from violence by non-state actors.
I am at a loss to figure out what it is about these principles that is antisemitic or why they are so difficult to discuss.