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From Medline Plus:
Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly tries to harm someone who is weaker. Sometimes it involves direct attacks such as hitting, name calling, teasing or taunting. Sometimes it is indirect, such as spreading rumors or trying to make others reject someone.
Often people dismiss bullying among kids as a normal part of growing up. But bullying is harmful. It can lead children and teenagers to feel tense and afraid. It may lead them to avoid school. In severe cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures or react violently. Others even consider suicide. For some, the effects of bullying last a lifetime.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Israeli government used force when necessary, but also realized that these bullying neighbors like to bully each other when the opportunity arose. So, they played their neighbor's fears against each other. At various times, they worked with Turkey and Iran to keep the balance of power and fear focused away from Israel. As long as Iran and Iraq were occupied with each other, they couldn't be focused on bullying Israel. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" until the enemies stop being enemies. A political reality for a small nation.
Now Iran, a nation of vast oil reserves and a population ten times that of Israel, is led by those who constantly preach the annihilation of Israel. Pundits will point out that Israel is capable of defending itself against that bully. Pundits will say it is all talk by Ahmadinejad to prop up a failing government. Pundits will say that there is no real threat to Israel if Iran, led by Ahmadinejad, builds nuclear weapons. Pundits will say that the real threat to Israel is U.S. support of Israel's policies which include keeping land acquired when Israel is attacked and the attackers are defeated. Pundits will say that Israel simply has to go back to its original borders and its neighbors will become their friends. Pundits will say that it is Israel's aggression against their neighbors... neighbors who attack Israel with rockets to which Israel responds... that is the problem. Pundits will say a lot of things that have no basis in reality. Pundits know that if you repeat something often enough, some people will believe what you say regardless of the facts.
Israel's Muslim neighbors simply don't like Israel... to the point of irrational hate. It represents everything they can't be and want to be. At the same time Palestinian and Lebanese and Syrian and Iranian "leaders" are attempting to destroy Israel, Israel still allows people from those areas to come in and live and work in Israel. Pundits will say it is Israel's intransigence that causes problems in the area. Those pundits should explain why Israel's neighbors don't welcome Israelis to come in and live and work in their nations. Those pundits should read about bullies.