For some inexplicable reason the comparison of the Arab-Israel conflict to the problems in Northern Ireland keeps popping up again and again. I touched on this subject briefly before, but I haven't addressed it in great depth.
I think I'll leave it to others, probably smarter than I am and certainly better informed, to tackle this issue head-on.
There was a great refutation of the comparison in Slate, and the Z-Word blog has run several posts on the subject.
I have some more thoughts on this but so far not enough time to organize them.