I am afraid the situation is worse than what Bradley describes. It is true that today's national leader Netanyahu is afflicted with paranoia and fear of change, but there is a wider failure, an early view of which was already discussed by scholars. One may divide Israeli leaders so far into 3 generations: the founders; those who were old enough during the War of Independence to fight for it; and those who were too young then or born in the new state. The founders, from Ben-Gurion to Shamir, were of varied quality, but were generally respectable. Even Begin was able to rise to the occassion and make peace with Egypt. The next generation of leaders: Rabin, Peres, Sharon, all had significant achievements, although one can say that none of them was concerned about social matters; they were all about military and foreign affairs. The third generation of leaders, Netanyahu, Barak, Olmert, are all failures, and widely recognized as such. One common quality of theirs is that they are all overly concerned with their OWN well-being, not the public's. My hope is that the next generation of leaders, people who are now about 50 yo, would do better for the people by being less self-involved. I am presenting only the grain of an idea, which needs to be further developed.
from the article: Israel at 63: What part of Shut Up do you not understand?