From the Daily Beast/Newsweek: Is Israel Over?
I wish I could call up Benny Morris myself and ask him if he had any choice in the selection of "Is Israel Over?" as the headline for his current article in Daily Beast/Newsweek. I very much doubt it. I believe (hope) that this was the handiwork of Newsweek hacks in the spirit of competition with Time Magazine to come up with the most incendiary headline regarding Israel. Remember Time's Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace? Well this headline to Morris' article is in the same vein.
Read what he actually says in the Newsweek article and his companion piece in The National Interest: Islam's Stanglehold on Israel. He is describing a capitalist liberal democracy in a gigantic economic upheaval -- much like the US and Western Europe. And on top of that it has the anxieties and policy wrong-headedness (including settlements) caused by 64 years of unremitting assault -- in violence and propaganda -- from the Arab and Muslim world and their useful idiots abroad. Morris is deeply pessimistic about the tsunami he expects to be unleashed by the Palestinians' upcoming UN theatrical performance, and who can blame him? Yes, Israel is in trouble, but he ain't sayin it's over, much as the middle-brow intelligentsia would wish. Notice, also, that unlike the West's intelligensia, Morris does not place all the blame for its problems on Israel itself: