The answers that we received were shocking. I believe that the answers reflect a form of racism, often directed at Arabs, that floats under the surface in small circles in Israel. The majority of Israelis are progressive and desire peace but we have elements of extremism and hate that our population must address. One of our goals was to expose this small slice of rhetoric in Israel in the hopes that a dialogue about how to fix it would ensue."
I wouldn't even say that this reflects the views of most young Americans in Israel! Sure, sometimes we can get drunk and loud - anyone who's been in downtown Jerusalem on a Saturday night can't deny that. Of course, one also cannot deny that alcohol often makes people behave in a more extreme and belligerent manner, a fact that Blumenthal and Dana chose to ignore.
One of Israel's biggest problems today is Hasbara [Public Relations], and young Jews like Dana and Blumenthal are only aggravating the problem. Too many Jewish people have forgotten what Israel has done for their people. Instead, they try to fit in with the American liberal intelligentsia. Never mind that most Arab countries do the exact opposite of what the American left is fighting for.
Israel is not perfect, and I see no problem in criticising the country when it's justified. This video, however, is not a warranted criticism. I'd like to remind Blumenthal and Dana that this is Israel, not Iran; therefore, people can get drunk and express their opinions without fear of persecution, even when their opinion is the minority.
I made a video response to "Feeling the Hate" in Jerusalem. I asked some of my fellow students at Bar-Ilan University what they thought of Obama's speech. Everyone in the video is a first or second year student in Political Science and\or Communications.
Not surprisingly, all of the students had different things to say. Some liked Obama more, some liked him less, but they all had complex opinions that were based on legitimate facts and ideas. Not one of them made a racist comment.
I think that this video shows how wrong Dana and Blumenthal are."