I am an american citizen and ive been p o'ed at the isralie government since they tried to kill 250 american sailors in international waters to cover up the fact that they were about to launch another preemtive invasion. You do remember the USS Liberty dont you Foofie?
I am an American too (and a veteran). I was in the military when the Liberty incident occurred. Being a young person at that time, I did not really understand it. Years later I see that there are many different interpretations as to what occurred. Some opinions even think that American jet fighters where called back and for whatever reason allowed the incident to unfold as it did?
You can be p o'ed at the Israeli government for whatever reason you choose. You do not even have to like Jews of any nationality. And, yes, in my opinion, Israel like most other nations are concerned about their own welfare.
While I do not think it was nice to attack the Liberty for any reason, and proves that Israel is not an ally like Britain is, in my opinion, I am aware that this country lost 650,000 military, during the 20th century, fighting wars in behalf of other nations, while Israel never asked the U.S. to lose one American life fighting in any of the four wars they had in the 20th century.
So, while Israel may have proven themselves to not be stalwart allies like, I believe Britain is, I try to see that they at least did not need us to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of American lives to fight their wars.
But, if it gives you solace to not like Israel, that is fine. Israel means different things to different people, even those who like Israel. I do though believe there is more emotion tied to an incident like the Liberty than perhaps what Nazi Germany did to us, or Imperial Japan, Israel being a euphemism for Jewland in many people's minds.