During the 1930s Great Depression, a generation emerged that later fought and won against Nazi Germany in the 1940s. They went on to rebuild the UK and the US in the post-war era, earning the nickname “The Greatest Generation”. This generation was characterized by their resilience and success in the face of adversity and evil. The aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War brought significant societal changes in Israel, leading to the question of whether the nation will again be propelled into a new era due to the recent Hamas attacks.
Dubbed Generation VUvda, Israel’s equivalent of 60 Minutes, highlighted the heroic response of Israelis to the October 7 Hamas attacks. These stories included that of a platoon of paratroopers who narrowly escaped death after being hit by two Hamas rockets while attempting to land. Their commander expressed readiness to sacrifice for Israel, reflecting the resolve seen across all IDF soldiers and officers amid the war with Hamas.
The response to the conflict has not only been evident in military action but also in the spirit of volunteering and civic organizations emerging to support the war effort. The impact of these tragic events, which caused significant grief and trauma, will likely drive social change in Israel in the coming years.
Comparisons have been drawn between the events of October 2023 and October 1973, with expectations of major shifts in the Israeli society, including social, economic, and political changes. The resilience and optimism displayed by Israeli society in the face of tragedy may lead to a brighter future, potentially shaping a new era for the nation. The potential for the current generation to become Israel’s Greatest Generation remains to be seen.