A stressful situation can trigger a “fight or flight” response in people and other mammals, a “near-instantaneous sequence of hormonal changes and physiological responses [that] helps someone to fight the threat off or flee to safety,” according to the Harvard Medical School website.
The body can overreact to non-life-threatening situations, “such as persistent worry about losing a job,” the site says.
This fight-or-flight dilemma is what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been facing lately over the African-migrant issue.
Should he try to fight against the Supreme Court overturning the policy his political base favors? Or should he escape, using it as an excuse to call an election?
Last week, Netanyahu chose flight, and this week, signs show he may go that way once again.