I am so proud of the USA right now and of Bush. Yes, I'm saying it.

So proud.

The U.S. is Israel's staunchest ally, and thankfully so, or the Jewish state would be no more today. Again, Bush and the U.S. have stood by and let Israel defend itself, today the U.S. vetoed a UN resolution that would in effect place a lot more blame on Israel than is necessary, typical...of course.

Tonight I went to dinner/drinks with some "friends," about six of us: two Kenyans, one Greek, one Portuguese, one Finnish, and me. Eventually talk turned to politics (the Finn is dating a Lebanese guy who is visiting family right now in Beirut)...

I could feel everybody turn against me...and I was the sole voice speaking on the side of Israel, mind you in moderation as I do with all things that are of such a delicate nature...when they found out I supported Israel I felt the first tide turn against me, and when they found out I was Jewish I felt the second...Definitely felt a snub, which sucked. Being an American doesn't help either, believe it or not.

So I tried to focus on something positive, like what we would all agree on. Luckily, we're all still moderate enough as a group to find the common ground...two states living peacefully side by side, terrorism not in the equation.

But really, otherwise, it was nearly impossible to get a word in edgewise, and I felt somewhat suffocated from expressing another viewpoint.

Came home though and read about the U.S. supporting Israel, and felt good again. Thank G-d. I printed out a prayer for Israel today at work. I will be praying for things to get better, for the soldiers to be returned and the fighting to stop. G-d bless Israel, and G-d bless America.

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