Don't you think it may be just a tad arrogant to think you have these issues all so sorted out? Israel is a tiny haven for people who were horribly abused and virtually exterminated. The country takes up what had been a postage stamp of valueless land, all with the permission and support of the world community. It is surrounded by large, oil-rich countries, most of which are oligarchies where the few live fabulous lives while most of their population lives in poverty. these countries have all the land and capital needed to accept those unhappy living in Israel. As soon as the country was established by a vote of the world community, the neighboring countries attacked, seeking to annihilate the country. They attacked again on Yom Kippur some 20 years later. These countries keep fleeing Palestinians in camps with terrible conditions, rather than integrate them into their own society. These countries sponsor terrorist attacks on Israeli citizens, rocket attacks on civilian populations, and worldwide propaganda machines. Israel is living 9/11 every day. When we were attacked we fought back to defend ourselves, less interested in the human rights of people in Afghanastan, Iraq, Pakistan, or Guantanamo Bay than in protecting our own safety and security, even when it caused collateral damage to innocent civilians. We had to either let foreigners attack us with impunity, or see photos of burned children posted to show what horrible people Americans are. These issues are agonizing, complex, and serious. They are not new. Most Americans live on land forcibly taken from those who lived there for thousands of years. There are very few countries in the world populated and governed by the indigenous people. It is the height of arrogance for anyone, much less one who hasn't expended the effort to become educated, to think he has all the answers. No side has a monopoly on good, and no side is without blame. It will take years to achieve peace in that region, and even then there will be unfairness to somebody. Those with the least claim to indignation, though, are hams. Whining because you can't get a piece of pasteboard proving you communicated with one spot on the earth a few kilometers from some other spot, using equipment and technology poorly suited for the purpose is sheer vanity. If you need to communicate with Yemen, telephone, and be sure to find out how well they hear you and how well you hear them. Amateur radio is a hobby, a pleasant pass time, and an opportunity, if taken, to better appreciate different cultures and people. DXCC is a nice way to test arcane skills and to claim healthy bragging rights. But for heaven's sake don't think time in a pileup or a five-second exchange of meaningless numbers and letters gives you a voice in resolving what may be the world's most significant and intractable problem. You simply don't know what you're talking about, and if you spent the rest of your life learning about all the issues, you still wouldn't be in a position to declare one side or the other right or wrong. We have a nice little recognition program for the most devoted hams. Occasionally we have issues of the world that perturbrate our equilibrium. We need to find a resolution that doesn't require us to solve the world's problems. Let the "worked-'em-all" designation mean you worked every DXCC country that isn't prohibited from contacting you. And you care about this issue, do something meaningful to alleviate some of the suffering, on either side or both. There are lots of charities that would be glad, in return, to send you a piece of pasteboard.