Points, as it always does

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forced the Arabs to con­cede de­feat. They call it “Naksa” in Ara­bic, mean­ing “set­back”.

The Yom Kip­pur War was a greater mil­i­tary vic­tory, es­pe­cially given that Is­rael was at­tacked by sur­prise on both fronts. The fact that the war ended with Is­raeli forces threat­en­ing Da­m­as­cus and Cairo did not de­ter the Syr­i­ans or the Egyp­tians from es­tab­lish­ing mu­se­ums that cel­e­brated their al­leged vic­to­ries. The Is­raelis, on the other hand, who had ac­tu­ally won an in­cred­i­ble vic­tory, were left frus­trated and an­gry.

How­ever, what mat­ters is not the rhetoric or the feel­ings gen­er­ated on both sides by the wars, but the ac­tual re­sults, and th­ese can only be mea­sured over time.

The Yom Kip­pur War left the Is­raelis frus­trated, but later re­warded them with the peace treaty with Egypt — one of the most im­por­tant ac­com­plish­ments in the his­tory of the Jewish state.

The con­tro­ver­sial First Le­banon War, which greatly dis­turbed Is­raeli so­ci­ety, re­sulted in the PLO de­ci­sion in 1988 to recog­nise Is­rael. And the Sec­ond Le­banon War, which ev­ery­one was so quick to bad­mouth at the time, brought about eight years of calm in the north of Is­rael, and kept Hizbol­lah leader Has­san Nasrallah hid­ing in his bunker there­after.

So now, when grunts of dis­ap­point­ment are heard in Is­rael, es­pe­cially from politi­cians who have an axe to grind, we should take a deep breath and wait for the long-range, con­crete re­sults to sur­face. Ha­mas was not only beaten badly, but its future free­dom of ac­tion will be greatly re­duced. How­ever, just as with Hizbol­lah in 2006, it takes time to re­alise that.

Above all, we have to get used to the new re­al­ity. Gone are the good old days of knock­outs: if dragged into an armed con­flict, Is­rael must always win in points, and this is ex­actly what Is­rael just did. Uri Dromi is Direc­tor of the Jerusalem Press Club


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