Looking at a conflict requires us to understand the different sides, to understand the pain; but when it comes to the Palestinians, the more we understand them—the more we bolster their rejectionism and perpetuate their delusions.
The letter signed by 12th graders refusing to serve in the IDF was encouraged by Mesarvot, an organization so radical that even the New Israel Fund won’t support it; this brainwashing is funded by the Refusal Solidarity Network, an IRS-recognized American body whose board members include BDS supporters.
Ahed Tamimi’s success in the Western public opinion stems from the fact that she doesn’t look like a typical Muslim or Palestinian woman; she generates sympathy because she looks like the daughter of the white family next door. As long as she delivers the goods, the clear racist aspect in this ability to identify with her doesn’t really matter.
The real national camp—which is pursuing a Jewish, democratic and an incorrupt state—has an actual chance of creating a political upheaval. But if Likud voters who are fed up with Netanyahu have to choose between a corrupt prime minister and a camp which supports Breaking the Silence, they will favor Netanyahu.