Annie writes, of a romantic breakup, "‘you miss the idea of who we were, not who we were. " And this is always a possibility, not only after a breakup but (maybe more importantly) instead of a breakup. The Rabbi has an "idea" of what Israel/Zionism was, and that idea excludes a lot, a really big lot, of easily ascertainable horrible (to some observers) reality. Sure, you can love anybody and anything if you ignore all the horrible parts of the reality.
If the Rabbi cannot or will not give a sermon on the removal of the 85% of Palestinians in 1948 from the territory that became Israel-48, then he is ignoring reality. Today's young people -- Hispanics, blacks, whites, Jews, all of them, if idealistic (read: decent) are learning past history and present-day facts that they interpret correctly -- perhaps because they had never previously fallen in love with an unreality.
"This was relating to the West Bank, where Israel indeed enacts Israeli law upon settlers, even in places where it has not annexed territory."
Well, Jeez! What if Israel decides to enact legislation "relating to" the territory of the USA and bearing upon (and, let us say, only upon) all of the "Jewish People" who reside (or temporarily find themselves ) in the USA. You know, even if it does not formally "annex" the USA. After all, by law these days, Israel is the country of the Jewish People, wherever they may reside.
Only a matter of time, huh?
The very idea gives me the queezies. You?