If anything, the quickly deployed metaphor of “Israel’s 9/11” not only points to the enormous intelligence failure that left the Jewish State woefully unprepared.
Much as the United States had every right—and most of the world’s support—to strike back against the terrorists, it squandered more than just trillions of dollars and lots of global goodwill with its ensuing military campaign. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which killed nearly 300,000 people,
Israel, therefore, would be well-advised, despite the shock, grief, and righteous repugnance, to measure its response and to think of the long term. It may “win” the war against Hamas, like the United States quickly defeated the Taliban and unseated Iraq’s dictator. Still, where it wants to be in twenty years should determine what it does next.
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