that what was won can be lost in a changing world. After the victory was won, the Hasmonean dynasty became political incompetents more interested in dynastic struggles than in maintaining national integrity. They actually craved Roman interference in their disputes, and they sure got it. Their Saducees were blinkered. Their Zealots were nuts. After they lost their independence, they engaged in two revolts, each a devastating failure. For anyone who thinks the State of Israel is here to stay regardless of foolish overreaching like the settlements, they should bear in mind that the Hasmoneans, too, likely thought they had a wink from God and would be around forever.
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