[An excerpt of an article by Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli activist:]
Even now as [Israel] is practicing murder in broad daylight of hundreds of civilians, elderly persons, women and children, the Israeli people manage to convince themselves that they are the real victims in this violent saga.
[The Israeli thinking] goes as follows: “Those Palestinians, why do they insist upon living on our land (Israel), why can’t they just settle in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon or any other Arab country?” Another Hebraic pearl of wisdom sounds like this: “What is wrong with these Palestinians? We gave them water, electricity, education and all they do is try to throw us to the sea”.
They fail to grasp that for the Palestinians, Palestine is home. They fail to grasp that Israel had been erected at the expense of the Palestinian people, on Palestinian land, on Palestinian villages, towns, fields and orchards. The Israelis do not realize that Palestinians in Gaza and in refugee camps in the region are actually dispossessed people from towns and villages [within present day Israel].
Those who are familiar intimately with Israeli people realize that they are completely uninformed about the roots of the conflict that dominates their lives. Within the Israeli Judeo-centric solipsistic universe, the Israeli is an innocent victim and the Palestinian is no less than a savage murderer.
If you wonder how come the Israelis don’t know their history, the answer is pretty simple, they have never been told.