Thinking of New York and its tribulations right now, I recall a blogger who once wrote something so eminently sensible I've never forgotten it. His blog, which sadly seems to have disappeared, was called Fat Old Jewish Guy Who Lives in the Projects, and this is what he wrote back in 2005:
"People want to know what I, a Jewish guy, think about Israel.
I want to make something clear. I live in New York. I do not have a right and do not want to 'return' to Israel. I never was there. I want to skip all the arguments about whether or not today's Jews descend from the people of the Occupied Territories. I don't care if I do or don't. It doesn't matter nor should it.
The territory that is known to many as Palestine had been peopled by Arabic-speaking folks for centuries. Mainly they were Muslims, many were Christians, and a few of them Jewish too. Most of those people were kicked out of their lands and homes in 1948 by people like David Ben Gurion and Ariel Sharon and more were expelled in 1967. They are the ones who have a right to return, not me."
As I said, his blog's gone, but a little googling indicates his name is Eugene Weixel. So wherever you are, Fat Old Jewish Guy, I hope you're safe and well.