Masada means different things to different people. It does seem ominous that the IDF used to (and maybe still does) have its little boys and girls contemplate that symbolism early in their military adventures. It would be an interesting psychological study to look for echos of Masada, deliberate or accidental, in Zionism and the IDF. Some historical events seem "made to avoid" while others seem "inspiring". Masada is a sort of sweet poison mixture.
U.S. State Dept. condemns 'vicious terrorist attack' that killed Palestinian infant (Haaretz)
from the article: It's wrong to suggest Israel was direct result of Holocaust