Ironically, the narrative & reality of Israel as regional bully & Palestinian oppressor took over when the other true story--Israel as the target of Arab states--died out when Israel's nuclear deterrent ended the threat from Arab states in the mid-70s. Nukes also enabled Israel to join Syria bullying Lebanon & gave it a free hand against the Palestinians. It empowered the Gush & their ilk in "the territories" while, under US tutelage, it enabled Israel's military industrial capitalists to convert a formerly social democratic paragon into a neo-liberal paradigm, turning one of one of the most egalitarian countries into the world to one of the most unequal--with attendant losses of social solidarity within & across ethnic lines.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Think tank: Israel faces global delegitimization campaign