I would like to briefly share an opinion as a non-practicing russian jew and united states citizen living in california. I feel like many jews I know (including a good friend of mine - an argument I just had with her led me to start this thread) are making a fatal conceptual error in regards to Israel. Israel is a country. Israel is a government. Israel the government has nothing to do with Israel the location, otherwise known as the (and this applies to many religions) holy land of Jerusalem. In other words Israel the government has nothing to do with Judaism. As a Jew (if one were devout), one should not feel obligated to support Israel simply because it is supposedly a "jewish" state. Israel is a country and governments act only in the interest of the nation - religion is of secondary concern in this respect. In the United States we (supposedly...) have a separation of church and state. These things seem very clear to me - however it feels like as a Jew I am very much in a minority on my opinion in this matter.