That's what he is doing here is called: Pondering..
I find that no other question so much reminds me of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his aphorism about the necessity of living with flat-out contradiction.
Do I sometimes wish that Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weizmann had never
persuaded either the Jews or the gentiles to create a quasi-utopian
farmer-and-worker state at the eastern end of the Mediterranean? Yes.
Do I wish that the Israeli air force could find and destroy all the
arsenals of Hezbollah and Hamas and Islamic Jihad? Yes. Do I think it
ridiculous that Viennese and Russian and German scholars and doctors
should have vibrated to the mad rhythms of ancient so-called prophecies
rather than helping to secularize and reform their own societies?
Definitely. Do I feel horror and disgust at the thought that a whole
new generation of Arab Palestinians is being born into the
dispossession and/or occupation already suffered by their grandparents
and even great-grandparents? Absolutely, I do.
The questions of principle and the matters of brute realism have a
tendency (especially for one who does not think that heaven plays any
part in the game) to converge. Without God on your side, what the hell
are you doing in the greater Jerusalem area in the first place? Israel
may not be the rogue state that so many people say it is—including so
many people who will excuse the crimes of Syria and Iran—but what if it
runs the much worse risk of being a failed state? Here I must stop
asking questions and simply and honestly answer one. In many visits to
the so-called Holy Land, I have never quite been able to imagine that a
Jewish state in Palestine will still be in existence a hundred years
from now. A state for Jews, possibly. But a Jewish state …
What do you think?