It is interesting that how an individual like Sam Harris and several of his fellow atheists "justify" Israel crimes, by referring to the conflict as if it represents a war with Islam, and because even after accomplishing peace process, we still have problem with Islamic world, therefore we need to support Israel. I am not sure if Sam Harris understands how unethical and dishonest a thinker he is that while Palestine is under an unjust occupation that virtually no people in the world can tolerate for even one year, he appeals to problem with Islam to justify Israel's action. It is really painful to see such opportunistic and unethical stance from an atheist. It is in stark contrast with stances of some of the greatest thinkers of our time like Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein who were fierce critics of religion but wholeheartedly and bravely stood against occupation and denounced it. What in my opinion is the problem with some of the so-called new atheists is that reasoning does not lead their conclusion, but their conclusion (that Islam is bad) leads their reasoning. So what we constantly read in Sam Harris regarding Israel - along with many reality distortions, lies, and ignorance of facts- is that what "the developed West vs undeveloped seven-century theocracy of Palestine" achieve here, not what is just. Whenever you question this selfish self-centered stance, you are considered morally illusive. Occupation is not important at all. Creating hundreds of thousands of refugees should not be given a damn. All that is important is this fetish of destroying Islam.
Now let's see how a man of reason -Bertrand Russell- analyze the situation: