I got involved in another debate between two people taking opposite sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and left this comment:
Early Zionism was secular and the founder of modern Zionism Theodor Herzl and many other Zionists atheist and agnostic with no interest in anything “divine”. 28% of Israeli citizens are Palestinian “Arabs” whose families chose to become citizens of Israel. There were both Jewish and “Arab” terrorists killing innocent people on the “other side” in Palestine before the creation of the modern state of Israel. Most “Arab” Palestinians are part Jewish, ethnically speaking. Ashkenazim Israelis are statistically more likely to sympathize with Palestinians than Sephardi Jews whose ancestors suffered more recent persecution under Muslim rule in the Middle East and North Africa. The first Palestinian suicide bombings were carried out by a secular leftist group PFLP led by a Christian Communist (George Habash). Israel has separate religious “family courts” for Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Baha’i. The first terrorist bombings against civilians in the conflict were carried out by the Jewish Zionist terrorists of the Stern Gang. Not only did some Zionists carry out acts of ethnic cleaning against “Arabs” in Palestine but some Palestinian “Arabs” also carried out ethnic cleansing against Jews whose families were not recent immigrants but long indigenous Jews who never joined the diaspora, such as in the Hebron Massacre of 1929…just a few facts many people are not aware of.