We are in agreement that the unsaved Jew is just as lost as an unsaved gentile.
They can't. The very fact that they are cut off proves that they were not elect.
This particular passage speaks of those in each generation are holy because the root that nourishes them are holy. Each branch is representative of a holy generation of people. This interpretation is seated in the following verses that precede it...In the above section of Scripture we find that in the generation of Elijah, there were 7000 men who did not bow their knee to Baal, [u]which means they were not the seed of the devil[/u].