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    • zeev
    • 12.12.07 | 01:15 (IST)

    [Olmert's] stupidity on declaring that if such and such thing doesn't happen as he envisions it, the state of Israel 'is done for'. " (Fortuna Benmayor) You seem badly informed. Olmert is neither the only one, nor the first one, far from it, to tell us that. See for yourself: "Mr. Prime Minister Menahem Begin, ... your sense of a historical mission to convey to later generations our fathers' legacy in its entirety, [is an] obsessional wishe which [has] no possibility of realization, [and is] a stumbling block source of catastrophe?" "Let us not compel the Arabs to feel that they have been humiliated until they believe that hope is gone and they must die for Palestine." in an 'Open Letter' to PM Begin, 1980, by Jacob Talmon, then Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew U of Jerusalem. www.fmep.org/analysis/articles/prophetic_message.html 1980, long before the first suicide-bombing, two years before the first Lebanese war against Arafat's PLO, seven years before the first Palestian uprising, and 27 years before Hamas in full control of the Gaza Strip, and of a Palestinian government. In 1980, no one had heard the name 'Hamas'. PM Begin chose not to answer Prof. Talmon's letter, thinking, perhaps, that Prof. Talmon's mistake was not ideological, but personal.

    from the article: The new post-Zionists
    First published 00:00 11.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 11.12.07
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