For Israelis, This Time Is Different

Unlike Operations Cast Lead in 2009 and Pillar of Defense in 2012, this war is likely to prove a turning point in Israeli consciousness. 

Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel’s only major international hub, lies just inland from the Mediterranean Sea. When heading to Europe or North America, therefore, the standard takeoff route is a simple westward one; as the plane lifts off, you can look out the window, see Tel Aviv, then the beach, and then the sea as you leave Israel behind.

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