06.08.2011 06.Aw-Elul, 5771 Dewarim
In terms of risks and opportunities, the chance the prime minister will initiate a military adventure to distract people from the social protest is slight.
In 1966 Israel was suffering from a recession. Disappointment and despair led to a wave of emigration from the country, or at least a wave of discussion about emigration. The depressed atmosphere gave rise to jokes that were directed mainly against Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, who had previously been the finance minister. One of the jokes was about a sign that was said to have been posted at Lod airport: Will the last to leave please turn out the light.
Less than a year later, Israel had emerged from the recession. Depression gave way to euphoria, the economic crisis was replaced by abundance and prosperity. What changed the situation was the Six-Day War. There is not one iota of proof that the political leadership here had any interest in initiating the war. On the contrary: Most of the historical documentation from the period proves that Israel didn't plan to go to war, and mainly was surprised, to the point of near paralysis, by the moves of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, who brought his forces into the Sinai Peninsula, violated a signed treaty and accelerated the escalation that led to war….