Thanks for the link it should be an interesting read. Even as just an 18 year old going through the region, as soon as i arrived in Israel i knew something had changed in the people around me. Easy humour seemed to vanish, and there was a general tightness around the eyes of every Israeli you met, even as a part jew doing a kibbutz thing i was an outsider. It was a real shame imho, and a small indicator maybe about the way we live our lives and the rights and wrongs of that.
That is not to say Israeli’s had not been dealt a duff hand to start with, due to the half finished nature of their nations creation that the rest of the world helped give them back. And this is why it is still important we never let them push us all too far away diplomatically. That hardness around the eyes suggests a ‘people’ that purely left to their own might self-destruct? They need to feel wanted on the world stage, part of it, and the more extreme they become, and we let them, the less that will be a reality sadly.