Jostein Gaarder, most famous for Sophie's World , tried to make his point on the current conflict, and Israel's attitude in general. He states the obvious:
We laugh at this people's whims, and cry over its misdeeds. To act as God's chosen people is not only foolish and arrogant, it is a crime against humanity. We call it racism. […] There are limits to our patience and there are limits to our tolerance. We do not believe in divine promises as a rationale for occupation and apartheid. We have left the Middle Ages behind. We laugh with embarrassment at those who still believe that the god of the flora, fauna and galaxies has chosen one particular people as his favorite, and given them amusing stone tablets, burning bushes and a license to kill.While nothing in what he wrote is worng, a huge campaign has been unleashed to paint him as an anti-semite.Source: Wikipedia
Unfortunately, the author of the most amusing philosophy book of contemporary times, has yielded to this pressure declaring that he stands by his words, but will not make them public.
Long live Freedom of Speech.