Israeli thinkers can express the predicament of their own society with marvelous precision. Consider how peace activist and co-founder of Alternative Information Center Michael Warschawski summarizes Israel’s predicament vis-à-vis its neighbors:
Israel is not a normal state. Israel is a colonial settler state, built on the ruins of Palestine and the dispossession of its people.
You could read Ilan Pappe’s history of Zionist ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians or any number of other sources, but here in two simple sentences lies the explanation for six decades of warfare, hatred, and insecurity.