Israel has been the source of controversy from the very first day it was brought into being. I wonder what the region would be like if England, France, Russia, The US and others had kept their grubby hands to themselves. It seems to me that where we are now HAS to have been influenced by many decades of interference, intervention, occupation. I am no historical scholar and poorly informed on the history here, so I am only voicing my personal feeling on the matter. I am perfectly happy to be enlightened or corrected.