What a load. After the Gaza Arabs chose Hamas in 2006, They went on a rampage: kneecapping, torturing, and publicly executing their own people. Fatahniks, in the streets of Gaza (ask Amnesty, I'm sure you haven't read the reports). The secular Arabs fled to Jenin, Hebron, Qaliliya and the rest where they immediately continued sucking the blood of their people to finance their palaces and shopping sprees.
Unless Israel crushes them decisively, Hamas will win (at least in the short term) because they believe that what they are doing is commanded by Allah. Liberals are incapable of understanding this because the god they believe in doesn't really matter to them anyways, and they are so racist and closed-minded that they can't imagine anyone else disagreeing with their rosy liberal world view. Hamas are not like that. They don't care. When they are finished with the Jews, they will come to your neighbourhood to vivisect all your homosexual liberal friends and neighbours. They will drag the mutilated carcasses of secular liberal academics through the streets, firing rifles and shouting Allahu Akhbar. They have stated their intention to do this on almost a daily basis. If you don't believe that they intend to do it, you are at best ignorant, and more likely a racist throwback to the White Man's Burden.
If you learn from history you will see this is always the case: going against the Jews guarantees you popular support, until at the very last moment God crushes you in a series of miraculously improbable political/military/economic/social turnabouts. The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Holy Roman Empire, the Early Caliphates, the Crusaders, The Inquisitors, The Czars, the Nazis, and the USSR (to name but a few) all tried, all failed, and are all now dead and gone. The Jews meanwhile are going strong and getting stronger by the day. Now Hamas and Iran are giving it their best shot. They too will eventually be destroyed, but at what cost, and what are you personally going to do about it? Choose your side wisely.
Even orthodox Jews don't take all the stories in the bible as literal. They study them as lessons to learn. Devout religious belief is about much more than taking the religion's documents literally.
That's not true. Jews are required to know that the Tanach is historically true, although they recognize that the book's emphasis is on moral education and spiritual refinement. What Jews are not required to believe is that every midrash and aggadeta in the oral law is literally true. The difference between Judaism and every other religion is that Jews are obligated to know with clarity, through rational understanding, that their religion is true. I know it's unfashionable for so-called 'reasonable people' to examine the ancient wisdom of the bible, but if you are more concerned with understanding than with fashionability, see Deut. 4:39, as well as Maimonides Mishne Torah Sefer Mada Hilchos Yesodei Hatorah, almost the entire sefer Chovos HaLevavos and many many others. The word (You shall know) in Deuteronomy there does not denote belief () but rather knowledge, which is based on rational and understandable premises. Take a look at Exodus 15-17 and Deuteronomy 4:12-14, and you'll see that unlike every other religion, Judaism is founded on the experience of an entire nation, not a single individual or a small group of people. Interestingly enough, Judaism is the only religion which teaches that non-members can gain access to the rewards of the religion. Non-Jews are capable ot observing the Seven Noahide Commandments (and their associated laws) and will thus reap the benefits in the afterlife.