Pretty narrow view for a pro people person you have there. I'd argue all those that persecuted the Jews throughout history are also to blame. You can toss in the Arabs and Persians too.
I should know better than to step into this puddle...
Michael, I sympathize with your feelings about how the Jews have been treated. But you can find people everywhere you go who have been awfully treated by others. The Jews are not alone. I'd say the American Indians were treated far worse than the Jews ever were, but it's unfair to make such comparisons, because they are all heinous affairs... suffering is suffering, and in both cases they were great suffering, beyond words to express.
What I don't like about the way the Jews talk about all this is that they make it seem as if they are the only people ever to have been treated that way and so demand that they be seen that way, and get preferential treatment in such discussions. And their arguments always make it seem as if they themselves have never done anything terrible to others. They have. The murderous bombings and terrorist activities of Menachem Begin are just one example of how human and like everyone else the Jews are, and what terrible and inhumane things they are just as capable of as everyone else.
Do the Jews deserve a place to live? Of course, as does everyone else. There is only one planet and we have to share it. Denying anyone a place to live is simply wrong. Do they deserve >their own< place? That is very much open to debate. Like it or not, the Palestinians are Semites, the same group of people that the Jews from that area are. The only solution I can see to the problem is that ALL the people there simply give up their restricitive claims to the area and learn to live together in a very small place. Neither the Jews nor the Palestinians deserve to be thrown out. Certainly neither group is going to forfeit their claims. And neither should have to.
Nearly all of the anger of the Arabs and Muslims toward the Israelis has nothing to do with the Israelis being Jews, but to the Palestinians being denied a place to live without threat. It has nothing to do with religion, though a lot of the religious leaders on both sides force it into such a dialogue. Most of that anger would be appeased if the Palestinians were accepted as legitimate co-habitors in that area. Most Arabs and Muslims (Iranians are not Arabs) are not anti-Semitic or anti-Jew. They are deeply against any of their kind being discriminated against. There is a big difference. The problem with the arguments on all sides is that all sides have a legitimate beef, and yet all sides are being unreasonable with their demands.