Back in 2013 of last summer, I remember sitting on the public bus in Israel and critically reassessing my experiences with the encounters I had with Israeli soldiers. In regards of the majority I questioned why is their hate so fervent? Why is such an apparent fallacy a misconception? I asked a commander, “Have you ever gotten to know a Palestinian?”. “Yes quite a few actually and they told me about how they are given drugs in return for bombing us,” he said. “But that is just one or two men you met on the battle field. What about the other hundreds in the town,” I said. He replied with “I don’t have time to meet them because my own men will be killed.” …and I sat there stumped with the thought of “So this guy recognizes there are innocent people, but is disregarding their life to live to save his own men… well that’s unfortunately how war on borders work…but wait, he knows there are innocent people… but still continues to advocate a false correlation and over generalization about a large group of people’
Israeli people are not evil people as media may portray them to be regardless of the videos of supportive young Israeli children rooting for Arab deaths. The mastermind is the government who funds biased propaganda and establishes mandatory policies to join the military after high school. I can’t even imagine what the general officials are pouring into their young, absorbent minds.
I can only leave you off with a learned lesson to elect your officials wisely and be well-informed about the macro system that surrounds you. Don’t be a sheep because you have every right to be skeptic about the hand that feeds you.