You can take it however you wish. I keep most of my opinions about Israel to myself as I know too many on all sides about Israel and whatever I pick, I’m guaranteed to lose significant amounts of friends, so I stay out of it.
I don’t know the Israel political landscape but from what I’ve seen, the most liberal in Israeli politics is far too right for me. I know a few University profs that are alright or used to be but they don’t seem to indulge in politics that I’ve seen.
I haven’t tried to deduce. I take you as you present yourself and all people are “subject to change”. Individualist here.
I can indulge in some generalizations but ” Mohammed my local gas station owner” is far too vague for me to form an opinion on.
Thank you, yes, it makes a difference. I was “store friends” with a middle eastern shop owner in NJ in the 90s. Jay. He wrote me a nice poem on the back of a cigarette carton just for me when I said I was leaving for Florida back in 2002. Got screwed out of his savings by his original partner which sent back his immigration status for years. Hoping he’s alright.
Anyway, I never knew where he was from. Our long discussions led me to think he might be Hindi but he was raised Muslim, I figured out that much through the years.
In the end, I straight up asked him. He was from Pakistan, not far from the border with India and he saw the fighting tearing his cousins apart, so he’s been working hard to try to get his brothers over bit by bit, but it’s a long and slow process.
I suspect he abandoned religion per se, in a sort of “lapsed Catholic” / “secular Jew” way but holds onto basic humanitarian values.
If you think about it, it’s usually why folks come to America, or was.
That’s why these ICE actions make zero logic to me, particularly tossing out those folks who have been here for decades, all on a mistake on paperwork.
But whatever. I just have to wait it out.