Don't get me wrong here please, standing straight and up for oneself and being one's own master is absolutely sound advice. But let's suppose Israel is a boy in a street/lane, just like you were when your mother advised you. Now what would happen if you stand up for yourself and beat a neighbour kid to the intensive-care unit because he always throw stones at you and the whole street/lane says: "stop that and do not repat it or we won't have anything to do with you again, because you went too far". Only one fellow in the biggest (star & striped) house more or less is on your side. Would make life very difficult, would it not?
Motorcyclist in his 20s dies after crashing near Gedera (Haaretz)
from the article: In wake of UN Gaza probe, how can Israel go to war again?