ROM the time that the nation of Israel was conceived, they were oppressed. Even while God was blessing them and raising them up to greatness, they had many enemies. Jacob had enemies among his own relatives and in his own land. The Jews in Egypt were oppressed relentlessly after the passing of Joseph. Israel was opposed regularly as they made their trek toward Canaan and again after they entered Canaan. They were harassed by Edomites, Ammonites, Amalekites, Philistines and more. And, they were eventually conquered by the Assyrians and by the Babylonians. Later, they were dominated by the Romans. In modern times they have been persecuted by the Germans and hated by Arabs. Throughout their history, they have been hated (even to today). Also, we know from Biblical prophecy that it will get worse BEFORE it gets better.
Israel has had a long, hard journey. It is true that they have brought many troubles upon themselves through idolatry, polytheism, hedonism, secularism and proud traditionalism. Their rejection of their own prophets and of The Great Prophet, Jesus Christ has been a source of many of their hardships. Nevertheless, their pains have not mastered them. In time, they will rise above their persecutors. God has not forsaken the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Romans 11:1-2). He made many promises to them and He always keeps His promises. God knew their flaws from before the time that He called them to Himself. So, the enemies of the Jews are already defeated… before they even go out to fight. They are doomed to failure. Even their fleeting victories are only earning for them harsher defeats. God will bless Israel indeed (Romans 11:26). Hallelujah!