(Having just written that statement, I realize I may not be welcomed into any Israel-centric circle on the right or left. That's okay. I'm an Oregonian, which is like being a 4-year-old Libertarian; we're not joiners, preferring to go our own way.)
So I took my own winding way back to who I was and realized that I still feel the same way. I believe with all my heart that if we don't put down our weapons and our indignation and start to listen to each other, we'll end up destroying the whole world. So I remain an idealist, someone who believes life is sacred enough to compel us all to choose peace. I will choose peace, for the rest of my life.
And here's the Israel song I finally wrote. If I don't write another, that will be okay.
Feel free to share as you like. And thanks for being patient.