I went searching on youtube for some videos I had seen a few years back which included testimony from Israeli Jews and Palestinians. I didn't find what I was looking for, but I found two really wonderful videos.
They are not arty, and the speakers are not dynamic. But each of these pieces tells a very different story.
The first is Ilse. She is a holocaust survivor to the extent that her parents got her out of Germany as a teenager. She lived as a refugee in England, and later in the US. You can see why she was a Zionist for most of her life. She had seen her world change. She had seen the laws that her parents lived under turned against them, as how the government used the "laws" to take away her parents home, just because they were Jews. She saw it happen, and even though she never says so explicitly, you see that she believes, on a certain level, that it could happen again. I don't see how anyone could fail to understand her joy when Israel became a nation. A refuge. A symbol. She never lived there, but like so many others, she loved Israel.
And then she started hearing about Israeli abuses of Palestinians. At first she did not believe it. She could not believe that Jews, like herself, that refugees and survivors of abuse, and their children and grandchildren could commit atrocities. But she did her research. Over many years, it seems - talking with other Jews, talking with witnesses. And then her worldview changed.
The second video is quite different. A Jewish American kid did his summers in Israel, like so many other Jewish American kids. He traveled and he explored, and he learned about a pretty disturbing reality. He talks about limited access to roads, inequity in access to water, and even about ancient olive trees being taken from Palestinian land and planted in Jewish territories.
Screwtape's links to surveys of the Israeli public are pretty terrifying. But I imagine that there are folks all over the world reading surveys from folks here in the USA, about the upcoming rapture, and admiration for Ronald Reagan, and our complacency for drone strikes, and they think that we are pretty terrifying.
But those people are not like me, or like anyone I even know. A lot of Israelis are outraged by the actions of their government. And a lot of Israelis are ignorant of the reality. And of course, there are the crazy lunatics.
I'm most interested in the ignorant folks. Ignorance is curable via education. They are the ones who have the power to turn the tides. They could give in to fear, and support Bennett and his ilk. Or they could transform into Ilse and this young man.