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    • Tosefta
    • 05.06.07 | 16:27 (IDT)

    Segev shows some wisdom after some facts. Perhaps after the Yom Kippur War he regretted the conquest of the Sinai. Unfortunately, after the 1979 peace with Egypt he lost this reason to complain. The long Occupation of the Territories did indeed lead the country into a moral decline and diverted huge resources to the hopeless settlement enterprise. But with the Saudi offer, it seems the time is not far from the resolution of the conflict. So wait a few years, Mr. Segev, and your hindsight will be improved greatly. The future is never seen with perfect clarity, except by prophets. The rest of us must be able to do the best we can at any time with the best foresight we can muster. What if Golda would have agreed to Sadat's offers BEFORE 1973 and given back the Sinai for peace? Seems now so logical and the only way consistent with international law. Then Jordan would have jumped on the peace wagon and would have agreed to peace in return for the West Bank, more or less. There would have been no Palestinian state, no settler problem, and most of all, the greatest calamity in Israel's history, the rise of ideological Likud, would have been delayed until after peace with the neighbors. You see, Mr. Segev, there are all kinds of hindsight. The basic problem is that history is not deterministic. Man can interfere and change it at any point in time.

    from the article: What was forgotten that morning
    First published 00:00 05.06.07 | Last updated 00:00 05.06.07
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