Netanyahu: Israel Has Learned Never To Rule Out Preemptive Strikes.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Remarks at a Special Knesset Session to Mark 40 Years Since the Yom Kippur War:

"The lessons of that conflict have accompanied us over the past four decades. They are intertwined with the accumulated insights of the other wars and battles that we have fought.

The first lesson is that threats must never be disdained. Never belittle an enemy; never ignore the signs of danger.

The second lesson is that pre-emptive strikes must not be ruled out. Such strikes are not necessarily called for in every case and matters must be given due and careful consideration but there are situations in which thinking about the international response to such a step is not equal to the bloody price we would pay in absorbing the strategic blow we would be compelled to respond to later, perhaps too late.

A preventive war is one of the hardest decisions that a government may be called on to make because it will never be able to prove what would have happened had it not acted.

However, the great difference between the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War lays in the fact that, first of all, in the Six Day War, we broke, with a pre-emptive strike, the strangulating ring that our enemies had placed around us and in the Yom Kippur War, despite the early signs, the government chose to absorb the enemy’s attack in all its strength.”

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