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Reader comment on item: The Three-Way Option: Arab States, Israel, Palestinians
in response to reader comment: external guarentor rarely works

Submitted by David Barnett (United Kingdom), Jan 28, 2017 at 18:49

I would just like to amplify ajnn's comment with an historical example.

Judah the Maccabee died with Judean independence neither complete nor secure. His brothers, Simon and Jonathan successfully used alliance with Rome to de-fang the Seleucid Empire from reasserting its control, while the new Hasmonean state consolidated.

It suited Rome to have an independent Judea as a buffer between Egypt (which it coveted) and the Seleucids. [Indeed, it was Antiochus' attempt to annex Egypt that set off a train of events leading to the Maccabee revolt].

Be that as it may, a few generations later, Pompey marched into Jerusalem, ostensibly to sort out a squabble between two Hasmonean brothers of the rule of this "ally" of Rome. And the rest, as they say, is history...


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