Israel’s spiritual blindness is not new.
Paul knowing Israel’s history, understood the cause and effect of Israel’s blindness. He considers the “elect” as those who, with a heart for God, sought Him through faith by grace. The others insisted on seeking righteousness through their own works and were “blinded.”
What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
Paul has no conflict between God’s election of some versus individual free will. Only those who seek to blame God will ask, “Did those who rejected God did do so because they were hardened, or were hardened because they rejected him?”
PRAY FOR THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL.