One of American Vice President Joe Biden's favourite Israel-related stories is about his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.
Following a briefing on the Six-Day War, Mrs Meir told the young, apprehensive-looking senator from Delaware not to worry about Israel's ability to hold onto its newly-won territory, because the country had a "secret weapon" in its struggle against t
As they say in the Israeli intelligence community, in order to see into the future, one has to first penetrate the fog of the present. And the consensus right now is that the fog is very thick in the Middle East.
It seems appropriate that when Efraim Halevy recalls the terror of the Blitz, he does not speak of being terrified. Instead, he details the noise made by the German V2 missile as it flew overhead: "We used to hear the whistle of the rocket as they broke the speed of sound."
Israel is in the midst of a third intifada and close to losing the last opportunity it has to prevent future uprisings.
This was the warning sounded by Danny Seidemann, a lawyer and expert on Jerusalem's borders, during a Security Conference organised by left-leaning Zionist NGOs Yachad and the New Israel Fund in London on Sunday.