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Losing Our Religion: Israel's Air Force Delusions

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For many years, Israelis have viewed the air force as a kind of deus ex machina – the great savior that protects them, that suddenly appears in the sky and rescues them from any trouble. Their admiration for the air force and complete faith in it and its comforting strength are idolatry. Israelis’ stars and astrological signs are the planes with the world’s most advanced destructive capabilities.

Today, when Israelis picture war, they don’t think about flesh-and-blood soldiers returning wrapped in shrouds and flags to be buried in a military cemetery. Here is what war looks like now for Israel: The air force takes care of the problem. You just need to have a little patience there in the bomb shelters. But in Operation Guardian of the Walls, Israel’s air force fell from the sky and crashed. Its sparkling planes, which children excitedly wave at during the annual Yom Ha’atzmaut flyover, now lie at our feet,........

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