It's important because Israelis are compensating, using facades and smoke and mirrors to appear as a genuine nation. Does the authenticity of a national identity matter? If Israel, as a state, were defensible on some other grounds, if it had some other worth, maybe it could survive. But Israel's only 'worth' is "we are a group of diverse people, a subset of the Jews, and we want the wealth and power people get from having a nation". A weak foundation.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: Syria's army is not quite what Israelis have been led to believe