Jane Jacobs somewhere talks about “paradigm states,” countries whose institutions serve as models for others. (E.g. Britain’s is the paradigm parliament, even though Iceland had the first one.) The U.S. is obviously a paradigm state, or used to be. Now it looks like Israel is one, too, and not for anything good. Not any more. I remember an Arab – Syrian? Lebanese? can’t remember – saying that certain abuses were to be expected from their own country, but they were shocked to discover that Israel did them too.
A case of the tail wagging the dog? Or maybe Israel is the dog now, and the U.S. is the tail.