Delusions of grandeur
Insisting on the unachievable reflects a distorted perception of reality. Israel needs to cast off these delusions and acknowledge reality.
In his "History of the Peloponnesian War," the Greek historian Thucydides describes the famous dialogue between leaders of the small city-state of Melos and of Athens. Athens has demanded that the Melians surrender, citing the dictum, "The strong do as they can and the weak suffer what they must." When Melos refuses, the Athenian army slaughters its men and enslaves its women and children.
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