Siege mentality is the biggest threat to Israel

The Gaza blockade and its death toll have become yet another public relations disaster for Israel. But the state could be facing an even bigger threat - its own aggressive paranoia - as it retreats into a political cul-de-sac

5th June, 2010

There were times last week when I wondered what was the worst siege a society could face.

Would it be a resources crisis of the kind that has trapped thousands of unfortunate people in a post-invasion Gaza hellhole or the psychological crisis which has trapped Israel in an increasingly dysfunctional political cul-de-sac?

Throughout the week, the banality of Israel’s explanation for the attack on the Gaza relief ship, and the subsequent murder of nine of...

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