You want to know the difference between Israelis and Arabs? Israelis might be fierce with their actions and reactions, but you cannot say they aren’t people with a strong sense of loyalty to their own people: One common history, one religion and a strong sense of shared fate. There might be political diversity within Israel, as well as criticism of how the IDF conducts its business, but there is no denying that Israelis win by just being themselves. Brutal or not.
Arabs, meanwhile, cannot compete. This is because Arabs, simply, do not exist, unless you define ”Arab” as a statement against the 1948 “Nakba” or as some (failed) attempt to de-Islamize politics and make room for the minorities that invested in the Arab project. Millions have spent decades pretending that there is an Arab identity, only to get dictators who killed their own people while parading that very supposedly sacred identity. And please do not blame the “West”. Arabs were unable to defeat Israel not just because they were militarily weaker or lacked Western support, but because there is no such thing as Arab or even Muslim identity. How do you expect the West to support something that does not exist and that turns against itself at the drop of a hat? The Israelis are powered by a strong sense of nationalism, whereas “Arabs” are still largely tribal. The only reason they didn’t languish in the dustbin of history was because of Islam, which too many Arabic speakers do not really understand. The religion came and became a formula for an empire, built on other empires, borrowing from other traditions and evolving. Until it got stuck in a time warp, and the only thing that remained was that warrior-like spirit that currently powers those ISIS orcs. Where Christians eventually learned how to balance religion with nation building, and Jews maneuvered their way to their promised land, Arabs refused to surrender to the wisdom of time and learn from their own history.
But you can’t blame them, for they don’t exist. Let’s just admit it. This region is a bunch of tribes of various sizes. A tribal leader one day tried to unify and lead his people to a new land based on beautifully written yet very ambiguous scripture. And as with all empires, it eventually crumbled. There was a sorry attempt to mimic Western nation state building, which failed because you can’t take a bunch of people with no allegiance to anything but their tribe and a religion that refuses to evolve, and expect them to create something unifying in purpose.
More than 1500 years later, “Arabs” ended up with two things to show for themselves: continuous outrage at the Jews--powered by a never-ending sense of infallibility and self-pity-- and continuous tribal warfare in the name of religion. Those Arabs right now lambast Israeli atrocities against Palestinians, while largely ignoring the astoundingly evil actions of a few lunatics continuing the conflicts of old. And when they do “see” ISIS, they incredulously convince themselves that it is part of an Israeli/CIA plot, or some similar nonsense.
The sooner some of those allegedly enlightened and educated Arabs accept this fact about what they are, and quit the hypocrisy of only seeing things through the prism of the “Arab”/Israeli struggle, the more likely that maybe, just maybe, this region will one day allow itself to resemble a colony of human beings. Or a bunch of them.