Middle East: Coping with Victory

Now that the war is over, the trouble begins.

— General Moshe Dayan

As the lights went on again from Dan to Elath, Israel began to cope with the enormous problems of victory. One was what to do with all the newly conquered territory — what to keep for reasons of security or sentiment, what to trade off for reasons of economics or politics. Though the Israelis have no intention of budging now, and certainly would be hard to dislodge by any means, no sober Israeli believed that it would be good for his nation to hold all the new lands...

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