The War That Was Not a War
In retrospect, the Gulf War, so termed by Israel, was a misnomer. Israel was not engaged in fighting and, as far as war goes, suffered comparatively little damage. In the 42 days of Desert Storm—the American appellation—39 missiles were fired at Israel in 18 separate attacks. But only two people died in direct hits, with another seven asphyxiated in their gas masks. Of the 1,035 injuries that were recorded, the vast majority were minor cuts and bruises. Property damage was also fairly contained. Most of the destruction was concentrated in a number of discrete areas. The hundreds of people who saw their homes demolished, in whole or in part, undoubtedly suffered serious distress. But none of them was left out in the winter cold; all were accommodated in hotels at government expense until their homes were refurbished or alternative ones found. Israel’s infrastructure remained intact, and its public hospitals and war-related social services continued to function. While the bombed-out inhabitants of Baghdad huddled without electricity and water and endured shortages from food to fuel, Israelis wanted for little and, as time passed, increasingly resumed their former activities.
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