Israelís Sinai catastrophe / Op-ed: Three decades after signing Egypt treaty, Israel finds itself without Sinai, and without peace (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Hagai Segal Published: 06.22.12, 16:26)
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Some 150 years after the French Revolution, Chinese leader Zhou Enlai
noted that it is still too early to assess its significance. He
exaggerated, of course, but was right in principle.
It is dangerous to celebrate great historical events too early.
There, some 34 years after Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula,
it suddenly turns out that we made a terrible, foolish mistake. Two
leaders, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, were awarded a Nobel Peace
Prize because of this folly, and it was considered to be one of the
best things that happened here since 1948.
Yet one clear day, we found ourselves without the Sinai, and without
Even withdrawal objectors had trouble at the time imagining the
extent of the catastrophe. They barricades themselves on a Yamit
monument in order to warn us that one of these days the Egyptians
will attack us from the Sinai, yet they did not consider the
possibility that the Egyptian threats will be a minor issue compared
to the new threat we now face from that region which we left behind
All the madmen of the radical Islamic camp are flooding the area as
of late and are starting to embitter our lives. Afghanistan is here.
As opposed to previous periods, we cannot even respond, as not to
find ourselves entangled in a head-on collision with the new Egypt;
an Iran-style Egypt.
All we can do now is build a fence and hope for a miracle.
In fact, one miracle has already happened. Despite all the domestic
and external pressures, we have not yet signed a peace treaty with
Syria that is based on the Egyptian model of withdrawing to the last
The impasse on establishing a Palestinian state is also a sort of
miracle. We spared ourselves Qassam rockets exploding in Tiberius, in
Afula and in Herzliya. Indeed, thatís the last thing we needed right
now. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/22/12)
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