God didn’t destroy the Jews only because the other nations misbehaved.
When the Jews went out of Egypt God said I only took them out because the gyptians behaved bad and persecuted them.
Then when God wanted to annihilate them in the desert Moses prayed to the Lord and said “what will the nations of the world say, that you took them out of Egypt, and then you killed them in the desert because you were not able to conquer the nations of the land of Canaan”.
And that supplication caused God to forgivd the Jews.
There must be a deeper meaning / explanation to this. Or maybe not.