I am currently reading Jesus of Nazareth, volume II, and was struck by what is said about the evangelization of the Jews. Pope Benedict XVI states fairly clearly in the first book that he is writing these books not as the Pope, but as a theologian – as Joseph Ratzinger, not Pope Benedict XVI. Nonetheless, he is one of the greatest theologians of our day, and he is also the Supreme Pontiff, so his opinion carries a certain weight.
Somehow or another (maybe through CatholicCulture.org , I forget) I came across a great blog post on this topic by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington. The author expresses well what I felt upon reading the passages in question, and the comments that people have posted are also intelligent and informative, giving varying perspectives on the topic. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in these issues.