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Is Israel Endangering Jews Worldwide?

Over the past decade, I've stopped being a supporter of Israel. Their conduct vis-a-vis the Palestinians is both criminal and criminally stupid. But while I was not a supporter, I was not a major critic either. Israel held a special place for me -- a final refuge, an insurance policy, so to speak.

But now, I am increasingly angry. The actions of Israel are not only endangering itself, but also the entirety of the international Jewish community. We are being branded with the actions of Israel. It is not fair. It is not just. But it is the reality.

Israel went from being a bright shining hope, to a flawed, but still valuable insurance against anti-semitism, to being a threat to Jews worldwide. French Jews are in the crosshairs. But I think we need to realize that we are at a tipping point.

The actions of Israel reflect, whether we like it or not, on all of us Jews. I don't know what to do about it. But the reality of this scares me.