David versus Goliath in the Middle East

W.J. Astore When I was a kid, I was a big admirer of Israel. ┬áI saw Israel as being surrounded by implacable enemies bent on its destruction. ┬áIsrael was the plucky underdog, David against Goliath, with Goliath being Arab countries like Egypt and Syria, having militaries trained and equipped by the Soviet Union, sworn enemy…