A Palestinian teen who tried to stab an Israeli woman in the West Bank was run over and shot to death. Her father, imam of the refugee camp where she grew up, says his daughter was 'responding to the occupation.'04:30 28.11.15 | 0 comments
It is curious that Israel in the early 1960s seemed far less scared and far more confident than now. The nation had been founded, and survived. The terrorist threat was in steady decline. Progress was everywhere. The great crisis and triumph of the 1960s were the run-up to the Six Day War, and the war itself. This led to a certain hubris. The cocky sabra attitude became a bit arrogant. While Israelis knew the cost of the Six Day War, they also felt assured for the first time that they could quickly prevail. This sense of omnipotence was not curbed, but reinforced by the Attrition War. Then came the traumatic Yom Kippur War. A sense of superiority and security which the quick victory in 1967 had instilled was shattered by a war where the very existence of the nation was in question. A horrible war with huge casualties. This trauma led to the destruction of the left coalition which had guided Israel since before the beginning. It led to the rise of the right and incessant anxiety.