Barry Shaw

Pity the Palestinians? Give me a break!

Pity the Palestinians? Give me a break!
My horrible thought of the day for those who continue to champion the Palestinian cause, and those who accuse Israel of being cruel to poor suffering Palestinians.
If they are suffering it is because they chose their wrong leaders and their wrong direction.
And all that is born out of their medieval attitude to Jews, their primitive envy of Jews who advance as individuals and as a society while they remain rooted in poverty and envy.
Poverty of progressive thought. Poverty of positive personal advancement in education and individual skills.
Poverty of morality and humanity.
Instead, they constantly lapse into envy, resentment and violence, taking out their feeble condition on the Jew. Not themselves. Not their life forming bad decisions. Not their poor choice of leadership.
This has been the fate of the Jew for centuries. Suffering the rage of their impotent angry neighbors.
Why should this year be any different?
The cry “Palestine will be free” demands of them to question free of what.
Free, perhaps, from turning their Palestine into the thriving prosperous paradise it could have been with the multi billion dollars that has been pumped and wasted into their miserable societies for decades?
Gaza is a perfect example of the point I am making.
A potential paradise. Now a deadly hell.
Palestinian Gazans could have been living prosperous middle class lives today. Gaza could have been an agricultural and tourism paradise.
But they screwed it up big time with their hatred of us and their envy of what we are achieving with our constructive advanced lives.
My anger comes not only from 7 October and what these Palestinians did to us, but from the news I received that the parents of 19 year-old, Adir Tahar, just buried their son for a second time.
The first time, Adir’s body was returned to his family from Gaza by our IDF soldiers who found it without his head.
Recently, weeks later, another unit of our army found Adir’s head in a freezer in an ice cream parlor in Gaza where the Palestinian owner had been trying to sell it for $10,000.
That’s Palestinian enterprise for you, 2024 style.
That personifies the difference between Israeli and Palestinian societies in 2024.
The grieving Israeli family just completed the second burial of their beloved Adir.
Free Palestine? From the River to the Sea? There is a moat a mile wide between our two societies.
Sympathy for Palestinians?
Give me a break!
Barry Shaw,
The View from Israel.
About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.
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