Associates close to Netanyahu and Ya'alon called draft review of Operation Protective Edge 'an unserious report that reeks of politicking.'12:47 06.05.16 | 0 comments
Israel was aware something was up. But after the mistaken preemption of 1967, the leaders of Israel did not wish to risk US disapproval. France was no longer supplying Israel with combat aircraft and the loss of the USA as a source might have been fatal. The then President, Richard Nixon, though a pragmatist, was also a known anti-Semite. Because it preempted unnecessarily in 1967, the leadership was afraid to preempt in 1973 when it was justified. Thankfully it was not a fatal error. But it did lead to the end of Labor Zionist rule in Israel.