The above video (I hope it's accessible) demonstrates the extent to which the region is shaping Israel.
Arguably Israel's high birth rate is a function of its neighborhood. If the Arab birth rate had collapsed (as it is in the process of doing so) a decade or so earlier there wouldn't have been the paranoia about raising Jewish birth rates.
The arrest of the young American Jew (who probably hasn't worn a Kippah more than a few times in his life) is highlighting the stark contradiction & power of American liberalism. The West helps us forget the parochial elements of belonging to a tribe and Premier Netanyahu seems intent on Greater Israel in the Middle East rather than a more compact Meditterranean littoral.