In 1967 Israel launched a preemptive strike which turned out to be unnecessary. It was a great success which is still costing Israel immensely 40 years later. Had there been an impending Arab attack the outcome might not have been as breathtaking. Nor might have Israel been saddled with the results to this day. All of the endless crisis, death and destruction caused by the occupation can be traced to a preemptive attack that turned out to be totally unnecessary. At that time Israel didn't have the intelligence to evaluate fully the threat. This is partially the fault of the United States. Even so, many did not want to preempt. Eshkol only did so because Israel could not afford to be in a high alert status for months on end. Still, had he waited, the total cost for Israel might have been far less over the next 40 years.
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