Exactly. My prior knowledge of Muslim / Jewish conflict began with the 1948 wars. I had assumed this persistent state of conflict had always been the case. I am sadly surprised to find that Christians are more notorious and actually consistent in singling out Jews for persecution. Further, this understanding assists in my accepting one of Nicholson’s conclusions: Jews deserve a state in which they are not persecuted. I suppose however, even then, the state of Israel itself is persecuted, but at least there is communal structures for self-defense and the foundations for economic and societal flourishing as has not been seen since Israel was last a state.