When I visited Masada I was struck by all the Israeli school children being taught how wonderful the Jewish resistance to the Romans (i.e. suicide) was, putting them as a role model. I asked the guide about this since I was taught that suicide violated Jewish law and ethics. She shook her head and said it was a confused issue. I observed the many bar mitzvahs at the site. This helps explain the current Israeli government political strategies which can be see as nothing but self-destructive and suicidal for Israel.
UN agency warns school may be delayed for Palestinian refugees due to lack of funding (AP)
from the article: The new self-hating Jew