Volatile Mix of Power and Victimization

The few, stronger militarily, economically and politically but with a strong sense of victimization, against the many - weak, but with a national pride rooted in Arab history.

On the second day of the Yom Kippur War, according to statements by then-Minister of Trade and Industry Haim Bar-Lev published recently by his son, MK Omer Bar-Lev, Prime Minister Golda Meir told him that Moshe Dayan suggested readying nonconventional weapons, if only as a threat. (Golda turned down her defense minister’s proposal.)