Our greatgrandparents knew anti-semitism in the Old World; our grandparents knew it in American cities; and our parents knew bits of it in American society; so, Israeli policies toward Palestinian Arabs were tolerated, because of an us-vs-them attitude. But, with the generations following, Zionism has this problem: Young Jews, lacking the us-v-them outlook, can’t be so easily indoctrinated with the Zionist belief that Israeli policies are necessary.
Rachel is exactly the Jew that Israel needs. That’s so obvious, it’s quite bizarre they can’t see it. Beyond merely allowing her onto a flight, Israel should fund her research; facilitating the flooding of her young brain with as much direct info and experience as possible. It’s natural for youth to rebel; so, the quality of her anti-zionism is age-specific. Her understanding will inevitably evolve over time; so, the form and degree of her current criticism, is irrelevant to judging her status as friend or foe. With ‘enemies’ like her, Israel needs no ‘friends’.
Her key quality, is wanting to know what’s really going on; caring enough to do the research. Bringing crowds of youth on birthright holidays, is a big waste of Zionist money; because they’re the dross–she’s the diamond; a spirit-resource the Jewish state can ill afford to squander.