Israel has thrived through innovation, Palestine has invested in victimhood

Have you ever encountered produce in your local supermarket labeled 'Made in Palestine'? Or can you recall any recent technological or financial development from Palestine featured in the news? Chances are, most of you would answer in the negative. On the other hand, if we were to replace 'Palestine' with 'Israel,' many well-educated individuals could instantly think of five Israeli items or technologies they use daily.

This example highlights the significant challenge faced by the Palestinian Statehood movement in convincing world leaders to support their cause for sovereignty, rather than merely receiving occasional financial aid. The Palestinian Authority and its residents often seem to lack tangible contributions on the global stage, relying heavily on the victimhood narrative. In contrast, Israel consistently demonstrates innovation and productivity, earning recognition and respect from both allies and adversaries.

However, it is crucial to address this point with nuance, avoiding any harsh or xenophobic implications. It's not the residents of the Palestinian Authority who are incapable of contributing and proving their worth, but rather their faulty leadership that has hindered progress. Their focus on demonizing Israel and resorting to militant actions has prevented them from achieving their full potential. In contrast, Israel's success and innovation stem from hard work, encouragement, and a post-victimhood mindset, motivating Jewish people worldwide to succeed and showcase their value.

Israel's financial achievements were not instantaneous; they resulted from visionary thinkers and innovators supported by Jewish leadership during the Mandate period and later by the State of Israel. Historical data from the British Mandate between 1922 and 1947 indicates that the Jewish population experienced impressive annual economic growth, which was twice that of the Arab community. These statistics predate any claims of Israeli oppression of Palestinian Arabs, suggesting that both groups faced challenges under British Colonialism.

Back to the premise: All these impressive numbers, which obviously need to be viewed as stats that represent a far bigger picture, are not for Zionists to brag about, but to demonstrate just how Israel has reached a position in which most developed countries support Zionism on many levels; because it has been beneficial. 

Palestinian leadership actively makes the mistake of going all-in with their victimhood narratives, hosting ‘Nakba’ events and constantly appealing to the UN on Israeli crimes against their people and cause. On the other hand, Israel puts hard, non-negotiable facts on the table by actively demonstrating even to those who don’t like the concept of the Jewish right to self-determination, that imposing sanctions and interrupting the productivity of the Jewish State would have a huge and destructive impact on the entire globe.

If the Palestinian leadership truly wanted a state and truly wanted to build a vibrant, productive, and useful society, it would stop spending so much of the aid money they get on trying to undermine Israel, and more on building knowledge and encouraging entrepreneurship. It is that simple, an investment in people is positive, and an investment in terror and perpetual victimhood is destructive. 

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