Israel's society is structured in such a way that any criticism of the military is seen as a betrayal by the parents of those serving. As a conscripted army the citizenry rightly will do everything they can to protect their children essentially, and the actions of their children. This in turn leads to the 'Patriotic Israeli' as you describe who wants all the good things in life usually a western orientated one, not a middle eastern one, who shouts the loudest when the actions of the IDF are questioned, moans that his children are having to police the territories, and gets frustrated that little Isaac or Rachel again miss their birthday due to service, and the refusal of the Palestinians to just disappear. But I do not think the 'patriotic Israeli' is the greatest threat to Israel. The greatest threat to Israel are those right wing nutjobs living anywhere but Israel who cheer from the sidelines at everything Israel does regardless of it's impact on how Israel is percieved within the International Community. Politicians like cheering crowds particularly when abroad so they play to the gallery. Which in turn leads them to make evermore calamitous decisions such as raiding aid flotillas the day before meeting the President of the country that pays the bills. So he can be feted by the American Jewish community, which looks good at home, and makes himself feel special. When these disastrous decisions come home to roost the deft Israeli Politician hides behind the IDF or our boys and girls as one particular politician refers to them as, thus reinforcing the feelings of the parents, which in turn guarantees the support of the 'Israeli Patriot' as he supports our boys. Non so blind who cannot see, I'm afraid. Gideon I wish you luck your going to need it.
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