Nobody's perfect, and that includes the modern State of Israel. Anyone who's at all familiar with my writing will know that I'm not shy about my criticisms of the way Israel is governed. I disagree with many things, but this is the state we have, and destroying it is out of the question. We have to keep working on improving it. Change doesn't come quickly.
The State was mostly established by European educated, utopian dreamers, refugees from North Africa and an elite of native born Jews who learned from a young age that the secret of success was to get along with the rulers, Great Britain. There were a few Zionist factions, simplistically divided into three main groupings, the Labor/socialists, the Revisionists and the religious. Labor ruled in conjunction with the British Mandate, felt threatened by the potential popularity of the Revisionists, so they did everything to restrict them, from keeping them out of key positions to shooting at the Altalena during the War for Independence and continuing to sideline their followers once the state was established. The religious groups, hungry for funding for their religious and educational institutions and activities, learned how to be the constant sidekick, or ally to the socialists, later on anyone in power. (That's a very simplistic, though accurate summary.)
Many Israelis and Jews are angry with the State of Israel, more specifically its government and leaders, and they refuse the say the Prayer for the Welfare of the State of Israel. I think they are extremely mistaken. It's just perfect:
Our Father in Heaven, Rock and Redeemer of Israel, bless the State of Israel, the first manifestation of the approach of our redemption. Shield it with Your lovingkindness, envelop it in Your peace, and bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory. Ordain peace in the land and grant its inhabitants eternal happiness. Lead them, swiftly and upright, to Your city Zion and to Jerusalem, the abode of Your Name, as is written in the Torah of Your servant Moses: “Even if your outcasts are at the ends of the world, from there the Lord your God will gather you, from there He will fetch you. And the Lord your God will bring you to the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and He will make you more prosperous and more numerous than your fathers.” Draw our hearts together to revere and venerate Your name and to observe all the precepts of Your Torah, and send us quickly the Messiah son of David, agent of Your vindication, to redeem those who await Your deliverance.
Manifest yourself in the splendor of Your boldness before the eyes of all inhabitants of Your world, and may everyone endowed with a soul affirm that the Lord, God of Israel, is king and his dominion is absolute. Amen forevermore.
I'll repeat what I consider the most important part:
"...bestow Your light and truth upon its leaders, ministers, and advisors, and grace them with Your good counsel. Strengthen the hands of those who defend our holy land, grant them deliverance, and adorn them in a mantle of victory."
There is a great potential, and it is our job not to give up but to work much, much harder. It will take both prayers to G-d and actual involvement in every aspect of life here in Israel.
We must never give up!