Why are people so insane about Israel?

Sometimes, it seems like we’re living in an asylum. Israel, this teeny-tiny little strip of land, is treated like a mammoth super-powered monster. Those of us who live in Israel, or who actually pay attention to what’s going on in the world, are dumbfounded by the lunacy of the accusations made against Israel. It often seems as though the only explanation is blind Jew-hatred. But while that is clearly the case for some people, it doesn’t explain the average American, much less young Jews who are parroting the vile anti-Israel propaganda they find on the Internet.
The answer, I think, is simple. They don’t believe in evil. Period. They see how the Arabs, particularly the ones calling themselves “Palestinians”, act towards Israel — towards the Jews — and they simply cannot wrap their minds around the kind of evil that would act this way without provocation. They can’t comprehend the sheer madness of people raising their own children to be suicide bombers and treat death as preferable to life, so long as they can take a Jew into the grave with them. It is, in a word, inconceivable.
The only possible explanation for the evil actions of the Arabs is that they aren’t evil actions at all. Merely regrettable responses to the unbearable provocations of others. Those others being Israel.
If Israel is truly maltreating the Arabs, then Arab actions against Israel are understandable. If they go too far… well, that’s just a matter of scale, and ultimately, it’s still Israel’s fault. But the madness goes away. They’re left with a familiar story. One which they can digest. One that fits into their model of the world. One that is safe.
Only if Israel is responsible for Arab violence can that violence be explained safely. If Israel is innocent, the entire Arab nation that commits atrocities against Israel, that raises their children from infancy to hate Jews and want nothing more than to murder Jews, that celebrates the murders and murderers of Jews, that entire nation is insane. Evil. Untouchable by rational arguments or reason. And who wants to live in that kind of world?

About the Author
Lisa Liel lives in Karmiel with her family. She is a member of the Zehut party, works as a programmer/developer, reads a lot, watches too much TV, does research in Bronze/Iron Age archaeology of the Middle East, and argues a lot on Facebook.