Wonderful story! BTW, it was from NK pamphlets that I first learned, in 1970s-1980s, of the scandal of the stolen Yemeni children.
And it was from Palestinians that I learned, 1980s, that in one city there was (then? now?) a famous tree called, as I try to recall, the tree of Abraham, at which women -- Muslim, Christian, Jewish -- prayed, 1900? 1880?, to get pregnant if they were slow to get children. Everybody getting along in those now long forgotten days.
"a very small democratic state" -- my idea of an (extremely) very small Jewish democratic state developed with the idea of finding a way for the v-s-J-d-s to be, in fact, Jewish and democratic and non-discriminatory (all the good stuff) and still contain all of today's Israel's Jewish (Zionist) folks. And, oh yes, to allow Palestinian return.
How could this be?
Here's how. You position the extremely-very-small territory (say twice the size of NYC, maybe around Tel Aviv) somewhere, move all of Israel's (Zionist) Jews there (never mind any others) and then allow Palestinians from 1948 (plus progeny) to return there if (but only if) the original exile came from that very small place. Palestinians already living there would be allowed to remain.
This business of moving all the Zionist Jews there is obviously OK with them; because they all agreed to move to Palestine (or Israel) in the past, so moving is OK, and anyway they also thought very well indeed of moving all the famous 750,000 Palestinian out of Palestine in 1947-50, so, again, moving folks around is just dandy with them!
There would be lots of Jews and very few Palestinians in the v-s-J-d-s.. So the place could be democratic and non-discriminatory to beat the band and still have a Jewish majority. My guess? The very few Palestinians would after a while prefer to live outside this quasi-ghetto. So it'd be perfect! And a human-rights paradise! And little problem of intermarriage! Wow!
Now is this realistic? No Way! No room for an army, border guards, police, prisons for Palestinians-only, desert concentration camps, weapons testing areas, etc. Wouldn't be Israel anymore. No sense of expansiveness. Too clearly a ghetto. Have to move all the universities. No provinces with Biblical names. Just awful!
So, sadly, this near perfect "solution" is unlikely to come to fruition. Darn!
hophmi -- Wouldn't it be wonderful (to say nothing of convenient) if people who support Israel were merely "supporting a Jewish state"?
But of course they can no more merely support a (or the or this or this particular at this point in time) Jewish state than a certain Jew in literature could cut out a Christian heart without also shedding a drop of Christian blood. Israel is not merely a Jewish state -- it is also a serial expeller, dispossessor, thief, oppressor, etc. of Palestinians. It is never one thing, but always two things. Even if the one thing (a Jewish state) were admirable, the second thing is an abomination. And the two are joined at the hip, inseparable, from birth.
Some Zionists understand this duality to be necessary and boast of it. The most militant ethnonationalists.
Some Zionists wish this duality were not a self-evident truth and deny parts or all of it (some so-called liberal Zionists).
Some Jews (even in Israel) recognize this duality and feel/believe that their Jewish nature (or perhaps merely their human nature) requires them to denounce Zionism and its creation, the diseased-duality Israel.
So, if you are going to speak of support for a Jewish State, be honest and say -- support for a Jewish State and all the horror that that implies.