You giving far too much credit to Iran. Its true they have grown some back bone over the years. As Iran said few time if US or Israel hit Iran; they will level Israel to dust. As for recognizing Israel as a state. Why would they recognize Israel as a nation since they use force to acquire there land from the people who felt sorry for them for how they were treated at one point, to give them refuge when no one in the world took them in. Your words: Show prejudice towards one side over the other. As you said you have done alot of research more then any one reading this thread. By definition research means scholarly or scientific investigation. You cant take side when you do research you have to see every thing form neutral prospect...IMHO I dont know at what capacity your interaction was with the conflict there. Nor i know what kind of experience you have under your belt. An officially elected GOVT by the people is there official GOVT. Just because its been label as terrorist organization, doesn't mean its evil. If you have alot of armed forces experience with similar situation. Then you can easily understand what i am saying and how vague the word terrorism/terrorist is. The people over there knows that very well too who they have elected. But it goes to show, when the choice was given to elect a side they choose one that was most in favor of them. That dont mean its exactly what they wanted its just mean the other choice was not what they wanted. Its like choosing lesser to two evil. If you go with "reap what you sow". Then we as US need to pay because we got storage full of skeletons (metaphorically speaking). Might dont make it right. Not in today's world. It can be forcibly accepted which is just unfortunate. Because it will give birth to the next level of contradiction which will claim alot more life in the future.