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How Israel Became Intoxicated by Military Force

40 years ago this week, Israel forced Yasser Arafat and his PLO fighters out of Beirut into exile in Tunisia, and Menachem Begin predicted '40 years of peace': Why Israel got it so wrong – and still makes the same critical mistake

Steve Klein
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Steven Klein

Forty years ago this week, on August 16, 1982, Israel forced Yasser Arafat and his PLO fighters out of Beirut into exile in Tunisia. The government that had launched the first Lebanon war two months earlier believed that expelling the PLO would make the terror organization and its leader forever irrelevant.

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