The most common mistakes made by Israelis are as follows:
1. To fail to realize that there is no essential difference between Tel Aviv and a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
2. To believe that the creation of the state of Israel was an outcome of the Holocaust.
3. To regard themselves as innocent people and thus as victims of the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.
4. To believe that they live in a democracy and therefore that their atrocities are legitimate.
5. To be convinced that they live in an open society which enjoys political and ideological diversity.
6. To believe that the ghetto is behind them.
7. To be convinced that the 'Jewish state' is a legitimate concept.
8. To think that Israel is a shelter for the entire Jewish people and the best answer to anti-Semitism.
9. To regard themselves as humanists.
10. To be sure that Israel is immortal.
Throughout the relatively short history of Jewish nationalism many Jews have managed to find flaws within Zionist philosophy. Many have detached themselves from Zionism. Since the declaration of the Israeli state, numerous Israelis have left Israel and more than a few Jews around the world have joined forces with the Palestinian liberation movement. Israelis, on the other hand, are those who still fail to realize that the ten beliefs above are grave, indeed fatal, mistakes.
One could probably ask whether these essential mistakes are made by Zionists in particular rather than all Israelis. In response I would argue that Israeli people are Zionists even though they may only have a very little knowledge of what Zionism is. Most Israelis were born into a colonial and racist reality. They are educated to maintain Zionism rather than to question it. This blind acceptance of one of the most radically chauvinist worldviews turns the Israelis into an impossible candidate for any form of peaceful negotiation.