As Gary Leupp writes:
"Helen Thomas referred to countries with historically large Jewish populations. Lots of Israelis are in fact leaving Israel for those countries. About 14,000 Israeli Jews left annually between 1990 and 2005. According to a 2007 poll, half of Israeli youth between ages 14 and 18 express the desire to live outside of Israel, which they see as having a bleak future. A huge percentage of Israelis has or plans to inquire about obtaining foreign nationality; many Europeans offer this generously to descendents of citizens who can prove their ancestry. The Berlin synagogue has 12,000 members and is flourishing. There are now maybe 55,000 Jews in Poland, many emigrating from Israel following Poland’s admission to the EU."
Looks like Curzon was right about the Balfour Declaration: the "advanced and intellectual" European Jews would hate living in the Middle East. They cannot wait to go home. In a desperate attempt to shore up an non-Arab majority, although Muhammad is now the single most common name for newborn boys within Israel's pre-1967 territory, Israel is flying in Russians who insist on taking the IDF Oath on the New Testament alone, Russian Nazis, East Africans who have invented a religion based on the Old Testament brought by Christian missionaries, Peruvian Indians, anyone at all. No wonder that German Jews feel less and less affinity with the place.
Islam? Who mentioned Islam, as such? Ask the Holy Land's Latin Catholics, Melkite Catholics (one of whose Archbishops was aboard the flotilla), Maronite Catholics, Syrian Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Armenians, Anglicans and Lutherans what they think of the Zionist project. Ask them why they founded, and continue to give considerable support to, the PFLP and DFLP. And ask the Catholics and Orthodox of Lebanon why they offer prayers during the Mass and the Liturgy for the success of Hezbollah, which is allied to several of their own political parties.
In reality, the bulwark against Islamist expansionism was the old Levantine civilisation of Christians, Muslims, Jews and Druze, with Arabic as its lingua franca and with its de facto capital at Damascus. But a dreadful wound was inflicted on it in 1948, from which it has still begun to recover hardly, if at all.