“Nations that are considered barbaric, of an inferior level, and degenerate are described or treated favorably whenever they show some progressive trait that others do not expect to find in them.
Among such people, any good action will simply be considered noble, any action that is not completely base will be considered a good deed, and any activity that elsewhere would be normal is considered progressive and viewed as some special advance.
The very opposite is true for those who have any sense of being chosen.
For them, every descent is a double degradation, every defect stands out and is recognizable to all, and no action that is excused in others is forgiven in them.
This double standard is practiced, of course, in the attitude toward the state of Israel.
This state is criticized and accused for every deed that is normally condoned in other states”
From We Jews, p. 173 by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz.