I really don't like to write about the Middle East/Israel situation because the entrenched positions on both sides are just too depressing and scary to think about.
Harry's Place and Norm's blog make much of possible anti-semitism as driving the criticism of Israel by the 'Left'. I think it is even simpler than that.
The 'Left' by instinct are on the side of the underdog and the oppressed and who could argue that the Palestinians and Israel's neighbours are not the underdogs in the face of Israel's massive US financed military muscle?
Whichever side your sympathies lie and it is clear that a large number of people find it difficult not to choose sides, I would suggest that Israel's persistent use of this superior military muscle is proving counterproductive to achieving peace in the region.
Why can't things be as simple as Michael Moore's suggestion to make Bavaria the Jewish homeland, we all know Germany owes the Jews big time, why is it the Palestinians who have to suffer?
Another suggestion is why doesn't the US use some of it's $40bn+ it pays to Israel each year to alleviate suffering in the Muslim world, it might just win them some Muslim allies in the 'war on terror'?