Since we became a nation, we Jews have thought that protection by powerful nations is how we’d survive.
And back then, the answer was the same as it is today: when that protection comes at the cost of our morality, we are put in more danger, not less.
Because it is not the nations who protect us. And when we forget that, we forget who we are and why we should even care about our preservation. (Images from “The Prophets” by Heschel).