What category do Jewish people fall under: Caucasian, European, Middle Eastern or..?

or just Semitic. My friend is Israeli and was born in Israel. From what she told me that the words "Jew" and "Israeli" are synonymous with each other. She doesn't identify with white nor Arabian and my question is are Jewish people Middle Eastern, of European descent or mixed? These are... show more or just Semitic. My friend is Israeli and was born in Israel. From what she told me that the words "Jew" and "Israeli" are synonymous with each other. She doesn't identify with white nor Arabian and my question is are Jewish people Middle Eastern, of European descent or mixed?

These are two Jewish people and they both look "white" in my eyes but they aren't European:
http://image3.examiner.com/images/blog/E...

http://www.prohaircut.com/gallery/Bar_Re...

So please inform me of the racial identity of Jewish people because I am ignorant on the topic and don't want to offend my friend.
Update: Well if many Jews have mixed with European ethnicities can someone show me what a orginal Israelite looks like pls?
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