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The Middle Eastern Peace Deal That Almost Happened

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For this next story, we go all the way back to 1967. Israel had just defeated its Arab neighbors in the Six-Day War and captured land from Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Few people realized it at the time, but this short-lived war put the young state of Israel on an entirely new trajectory. Some see the war’s outcome as a historic triumph and almost messianic return of the Jews to their ancestral lands. Others view it as the start of an oppressive occupation, political fragmentation and a downward spiral. Either way, it almost ended very differently.

Reporter Yochai Maital brings us the story of a peace agreement written in the immediate aftermath of the war. It was brokered by unlikely allies and could have changed the face of the Middle East as we now know it. Peace Now. Almost.