When someone wishes to force on us things which are detrimental to our existence, there will be an explosion which will shake up wider areas, and realizing this, such elements in the international system will do their utmost to prevent damage to us.
Former Israeli defense minister Moshe Dayan after the 1956 Suez War, describing Israel’s power in the region as that of a “detonator.” Dayan’s quote was repeated in Patrick Tyler’s provocative new book Fortress Israel, which was reviewed today by Barbara Slavin, our Washington correspondent.