He may be staring reality in the face, but not quite seeing the truth. He questions the arab mentality, but doesn't quite understand why arabs are so set in their ways.
IMHO, there is no place in the mideastern arab world that is 'edenic'. There are no 'gardens of earthly delights'. In general, the whole area is a hot, stinking, miserable place to live.
So, the Zionists take over a piece of this area, one not as bad, admittedly, as the rest of it, and try to turn it into a nice place to live.....economically, physically, etc....and the arabs resent anyone trying to show that such a thing is possible. After all, their religious outlook depends on the world being a miserable place to live, but their reward is in paradise.
Change might mean progress toward more comfort and security. Who wants that! The world should be a miserable place! Damn the Westerners who have forests and lakes and plenty of food, entertainment, air conditioning, even!
We hate you, Western World! Without you, no one would know that life can be comfortable! So we will attack you and your Jewish allies at every opportunity to show you that we must all be miserable!