|Please consider: Israel had enemies. Both side were backed by larger powers. At each iteration of conflict, both side would get a new generation of weapons. Meanwhile, back in the USSR and the USA, the military was modeling conflict between them. Israel and enemies would try out the weapons. The results would be fed back into the models. New programs written and new values assigned. Wars occur when both sides think that they will win. Israel's little jolts always moved the models toward reality. The Middle East's pain and blood kept pain, blood, and nuclear war out of Europe.