It is now more than three years since I sent a report from Israel to Dissent. That article was composed under the impact of the intifada, then (late January 1988) still in its earliest stages. As a historian, I suffer from the occupational disease of the profession: a reluctance to commit myself to predictions likely to be contradicted even before they appear in print. But at that time, I shared the widespread feeling in Israel that we were witnessing events of momentous importance and...
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