#166 Sergey; another possible explanation - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Gurion
    • 06.11.05 | 04:41 (IST)

    Hello Sergey, It is always fun to hear Hassidic tales, but this one (about the Rebbe and Oslo, before there was an Oslo) is a bit of a stretch. Hear is my main concern: In 1991 the party in power was the Likud, not Labor. Labor quit the Unity Government in 1990. The person speaking with the Rebbe in 1991 (whom you say was Uri Savir), is speaking in "present" tense, about something the government is trying to do at that time. As you quote him, "We are trying to make peace with the Arabs". Sounds like a present happening. As it happens, in 30 October 1991 there convened the "Madrid Conference", with Israel and all of its Arab neighbors. It is possible that was the subject of the discussion between the Rebbe and his guest. And nothing much came out of Madrid, because the Shamir government was not interested in making any real concessions. It was only when Labor, under Rabin, came to Power in 1992 that Israel started pushing for peace. Before that, the US (and Jim Baker) were the main pushers. Oslo started the following year. So let us say that the Rebbe prophesied that Madrid would fail. (Incidentally, many many people expected that to happen because the Shamir government was not inclined.) Another concern I have is with the identity of the Rebbe's guest. Uri Savir was indeed stationed in New York in 1991, as the Israeli Consul. I believe Savir is a Sephardi Jew, although I wouldn't swear to it. Can he speak Yiddish? That would be very unusual for a Sephardi. In any case, only after Labor came to power and started the Oslo process did Savir become involved in it. Have a l'chaim on me, Sergey.

    from the article: On the same page, ten years on
    First published 00:00 04.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.11.05
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