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It's all about perceived victimhood

Reader comment on item: Explaining Obama's Fixation with Israel: Linkage

Submitted by Frank Champagne (United States), Mar 19, 2013 at 20:35

Socialists see the world in black and white, their world is filled with villains and victims. When Israel was young and vulnerable, the socialists were happy to support her. This support diminished following the '67 and '73 wars in which Israel soundly defeated the Arabs. With Israel no longer an underdog, the left began to buy the idea that now Israel was the villain, that she was repressing the "Palestinian people."

Of course, they fail to take into consideration the fact that the Palestinian Arabs are indistinguishable from Arabs throughout that region, mostly of very recent decent from those regions and having no unique distinguishing language, culture or art. As such, they collectively greatly outnumber Israelis. So, the problem is one of perception coupled with the same unsettling mistrust of Jews and antipathy toward them that many gentiles brought with them from the old countries.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I totally agree. See http://www.danielpipes.org/6257/arabs-israelis-and-underdogs

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