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    • khananel
    • 15.09.13 | 15:48 (IDT)

    Yes I had just left school in July 73 and I went to a meeting called by the UJS (Union of Jewish Students) in London to recruit volunteers to go to Israel to do exactky that kind of work. It was exciting, traumatic and intense all at once. I had attended boarding school in the UK with an Israeli and his brother for 3 years so I was psycholgically, spiritually and emotionally 'there'. It was an incredible experience even from a distance. And yes it was traumatic even from a distance. And yes we are all of us who were somehow involved even indirectly still recovering from it. So what lessons? 1) never take Israel for granted, just because the neighbours don't have tanks and troops to hurl against her... Self-destructive tendancies are much harder to fight than the enemy on the border. 2) Know thyself - know thine enemy. Inner knowledge is at least as important as Intel in understanding what's going on around you. If the Israelis in 73 had been a little more humble, and a little less arrogant they migt hjave understood therir Egyptian and Syrian opponents better and prevented the mistakes. 40 years on are Israelis any closer to achieving those two things, humility and self-knowing and understanding their Islamic opponents?

    from the article: Israel's secret weapon in 1973: Diaspora Jews
    First published 15:19 15.09.13 | Last updated 15:19 15.09.13
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