Gin and Tacos makes an interesting analogy regarding Israel and North Korea:
“Today Israel is to the United States what North Korea is to China. We prop them up and rush ahead of them to put out the fires after they get a little too unhinged. The similarities don’t end there. Both nations have heavily militarized populations and practice a vicious brand of foreign policy that sees violence as the first, most preferred option. There are obvious political and economic differences – namely that Israel is not a poor, backward cesspool insulated from the outside world – but they both play the agitator/wildcard role in American and Chinese foreign policy. They act erratically with the understanding that we have their backs.”
Sounds about right to me. The greatest threat to the long-term security and stability of Israel is Netanyahu and his radical, often racist enablers there and in the U.S.