A Lesson We Can Learn From the Palestinian and Israeli Reactions to Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Jews living in Israel have been under attack by Arabs living here, since even before 1948. From that time onwards, Arabs from neighboring countries have joined in on the fun of trying to drive us into the sea. Besides the benefits of peace deals with Egypt, Jordan and other Arab countries, there has been little respite for us, despite our peace overtures to the palestinian Arabs.
Despite being the aggressors, and despite turning down peace overture after peace overture, the palestinian Arabs have long claimed they are the victims, the victims of imaginary apartheid, ethnic cleansing and genocide. And it is this victim mentality that permeates their thinking now more than ever.
The reaction of many palestinian Arabs and their supporters (read: Israel haters) to the Russian invasion of Ukraine can be summarized rather well by looking at the propaganda they are creating and disseminating:
It’s all about us!
But the real comparison to be made here is not the bogus one we are seeing between the two conflicts (if anything, the palestinian Arabs are the “Russians” in the analogy). The real comparison to be made here is between the respective reactions. While the palestinian Arabs can only think about themselves, Israel has turned our victimhood into an impenetrable desire to not only survive but thrive and help others. That is why you see us sending over medical personnel, taking in Ukrainian refugees (including non-Jewish ones), and trying to mediate between the two sides.
In a sense, this is a microcosm of the conflict at large. Israel is perceived as the stronger side because we have concentrated on growth and positive endeavors. In contrast, the palestinian Arabs are seen as the weaker side because they have concentrated on maintaining their victimhood while trying to destroy what we have built.