Win a Battle and Lose a Political War

One of Israel's greatest assets has traditionally been its image as a beleaguered nation in a sea of hostile enemies and its corresponding claim to moral superiority. But as their forces closed in relentlessly on the P.L.O. in West Beirut, and television screens around the world showed numbing images of death and destruction, the Israeli government and people feared that the international view of their country was swiftly changing. Israel was rightly concerned that having won the battle in Lebanon, it might still lose the political war in the living rooms of Europe...

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