Independence Day 14th May 1948.
What, I wonder, would be the first thing you would do if you could return to an Israel on that day back in 1948, a day that is still being honoured by the nation right up to the present one?
Would you go to the nearest newspaper office, radio station or media outlet and inform everyone there of your presence, your encyclopaedic knowledge of future events and then start recounting Israel’s entire history and that of the wider world to all within earshot?
What would be the result?
A padded cell in the nearest mental institution?
Polite disinterest and a request to go away, the further the better?
A sympathetic hearing while your story is checked out – as far as it could be back then?
And if, by some chance, you could convince your audience, their readers, listeners etc. of the validity of what you say, what then might be their reaction?
I think, upon some serious reflection, it might be decided to study the timeline of 65 years hence and make whatever decisions must bring about the best outcome for every one of the tomorrows contained therein.
If only it could have been that easy.
Well, here we are on the 66th Independence Day and not much the wiser about what will happen before we reach the 67th.
Could we somehow rectify this deficiency in our forward planning without benefit of time travellers returning to us from 2014?
Sure we can.