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.)
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