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The following is a short table showing the dates of various elections to the Knesset (all except the first one) and military events that occurred just before the elections. During the early times, this looks innocent. The war actions were continuous and to some extent imposed by others. The turning point was probably in 1969, when casual operations drove the politicians’ attention to the fact that military operations can be used to get votes. After the disastrous Yom Kippur War, two small operations improved the self-esteem of the IDF, The 1977 elections were lost by Labor despite the success of Operation Entebbe; this was a delayed result of the 1973 war. Afterwards, it has been pure cynicism. Both government and opposition used military operations in order to improve their results. The worst events belong to Begin, who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor days before the elections and won (though barely so), and to a desperate Peres, who engaged in Operation Grapes of Wrath after Rabin's assassination; yet he lost after a successful use by Netanyahu of the then frequent bus suicide-bombers against Peres. Operation Cast Lead in 2009 and the ongoing Operation Pillar of Cloud just before the January 2013 elections are superb examples. It seems mini-wars have become a requested prelude to elections in Israel.
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