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Some ten years ago during the Israeli-Palestinian relations course I often teach, I began by sketching the political scene: Ariel Sharon was Israel’s prime minister, and with the second Intifada underway, peace was a distant prospect. We then cycled back through the decades. During the lecture on the 1982 Israel-PLO War in Lebanon, we discussed Sabra and Shatila and the resulting Kahan Commission which found that...