Originally Posted by Hartmann
Discounting the large Arab population, you overlooked the significant tension between the various Jewish communities inside Israel. Also the fact that state survival does not depend on collectivism (as evidenced by hundreds of other extant states) might tip you off that your analysis is a bit facile.
About 3/4 of Israel is Jewish, which is far more homogeneous than most economically advanced countries. Add to the fact the level of persecution that religion has faced for the last 100 years and it's easy to see why Jewish heritage is more politically significant to Israel than religion is to most other countries with similar homogeneity. And I didn't say they were dependent on collectivism, but rather those cultural bonds strengthen a desire for collectivism at the expense of individualism. Israel is close to being the ideal Socialist state, based on everything we know about the nature of similarity and its effects on interdependence.