I've just had a heated conversation with my cousin in Israeli who in brief told me that I don't understand the situation because I don't live there and in any case it's not my business. It's not even that she is in favour of the occupation, she isn't but is very resigned to its inevitability and durabilty. Somehow engaging with the "other side" really gets up people's noses.
It's hard for me to visit Israel and restrict myself to "safe" conversations about the weather or whatever. I have no illusions about being able to influence anything and never expect to be able to do anything except try to help people on a one to one basis.
I imagine that the majority of Israelis view diaspora jews in this way. What do you think about the role of jews in the diaspora? How can one deal with this hostility? Just avoid talking about "difficult" matters?