Happy to see someone is able to express arguments, especially since I disagree with most of them. A refreshing change in these forums.
Surely, you meant that you were tired of talking either to hotheads or to people who already agree with you, and that you greatly welcome the opportunity to test your assumptions against someone who's willing to answer with actual verifiable statements of fact, so that you can find out in case you are, against all of your expectations, wrong.
A little less of "hypocritical" and "dubious" would be fine though.
I'll do my best, though I counted one "hypocritical", directed at a statement (i.e. - not at you, but at a statement you made), and zero "dubious", which I'll find hard to cut back further on. If you found offense from the "hypocritical", please do accept my apology. I'll do my best to also assume ignorance rather than malice.
And putting words in my mouth is very effective but counter-productive in the long-run.
I did not think I did. If I did, please:
A. Accept my apology
B. Assume I did it out of a genuine misunderstanding rather than malice.
I will be happy (in private, as you said) for you to point out where you thought I attributed to you things you did not say. I am always happy to engage in facts based discussion with people whose opinions I completely disagree, as it allows me to find out my own blind spots and, occasionally, find out that I am wrong about something I believe in.
I might take you up on you offer though, maybe we could have productive discussions.
My email is public for that specific reason.
Although you're defending Israel and I oppose it and if history is any judge, discussions haven't gotten really far, sadly.
The amount of heated, needlessly ad-hominem and derogatory discussions on this topic is, indeed, quite high. It would be a mistake to assume it only happens by Israeli supporters. Personally, I do my best to start each discussion anew, and not apply my opinion of previous speakers to new discussion. I would love for you to give me credit and do the same.
If you are still worried, however, please do feel free to click on to my slashdot page, and then check out earlier comments I've made. This is not the first time I dive into this subject when it comes up here.
I eagerly await your private reply,