Henri J. Barkey argues that the current conflict with Hamas is more perilous for Israel than the Yom Kippur War due to its political ramifications and the challenge to Israel’s legitimacy. He criticizes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership, suggesting his personal agenda and political maneuvers have exacerbated the situation, leading to a potential political defeat that may mirror the aftermath of the 1973 war.
- The ongoing conflict with Hamas presents a significant political threat to Israel, potentially more severe than the military threat posed by the 1973 Yom Kippur War, with Israel’s legitimacy and Netanyahu’s policies at the core of the issue.
- Netanyahu’s leadership style, marked by perceived arrogance and questionable appointments, has eroded international credibility and could undermine Israeli claims, casting doubt on his ability to manage the conflict effectively.
- The author suggests that Netanyahu’s political career is likely at an end, and his desire to claim victory in the conflict may be seen as an attempt to salvage his legacy.
- Historical parallels are drawn to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, indicating that just as failures in leadership then led to political shifts in Israel, Netanyahu’s handling of the current situation could have similar long-term political repercussions.
- Barkey advocates for Netanyahu to resign in favor of a national unity government, possibly led by a figure like retired Air Force general Amos Yadlin, to restore confidence both domestically and internationally.