In the Light of Israel's Victory
It’s easy to forget. Here we are, some months later, and the news from Israel is of headache and annoyance, trouble and difficulty. We have almost forgotten the joy of unbelievable victory, and all the more our fear and depression in those weeks before the actual fighting broke out, when Nasser was tightening his noose. Political metaphors from thirty years ago kept running through our minds and conversations. We said, Munich; we said, Czechoslovakia; we said, salami tactics. As the days drew on we asked ourselves, “What are they waiting for? Why didn’t they jump on Sharm el-Sheikh right away? The longer they wait, the worse it will be.”
Some of us surprised ourselves and each other by our concern. Thirty and forty years ago we wouldn’t have felt that way. Not to be parochial Jews was our pride. Now there is less of that kind of anti-parochialism than there used to be—not none at all; only less.
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