Without that assured American largesse Israel would have been obliged to come to an accommodation with her neighbours.
Religion can make it worse. Are you supposing that if people were encouraged to believe in a transcendent reality, and to be encouraged by grand rituals and music and preaching, to love their neighbors, then they would put jealousy and frustration aside?
It is very reasonable to worry about the harm done by organized religion, and to prefer looser and more private arrangements.
Some scholars have been arguing that a civilizational clash between organized religions is the next step in human history.
The theory of cultural bias... is the idea that a culture is based on a particular form of organization. It can't be transplanted except to another variant of that organization.
I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too.
Every year the progress of advanced capitalist society makes our population consist of more and more isolates. This is because of the infrastructure of the economy, especially electronic communications.