"The attempt to rule over one and a half million Arabs against their will may bring about a demoralization which will disgrace our finest dreams of spiritual and national renewal. Not only will the effort to annex the territories not provide security; it will weaken the capacity to protect ourselves from our neighbors' hostility and the opposition of the nations." From an Open Letter to then-PM Begin, 1980, by Professor Jacob Talmon (1916-1980), Prof of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. www.fmep.org/analysis/analysis/a-prophetic-message-from-the-past Begin didn't bother to respond to Talmon's Letter. He and his Defense minister Sharon were too busy planning the invasion of Lebanon, 1982. The one whose only result was Arafat's exile to Tunis, and the rise of Hezbollah. In 1980, our leaders were still denying the very existence of a Palestinian people, and Hamas was still an obscure little welfare organisation, whose name no one had heard yet. Not until the first Palestinian uprising, seven years later.
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