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Israel: A History Paperback – September 3, 2008
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Make no mistake about it though, the author is pro-Labour and secular Jew, and at best not sympathetic to Likud or the religious Jews. My impression was that his vantage point was standing next to Ben-Gurion and Rabin, while Begin, Netanyahu and the religious Jews were over yonder, almost intruders.
He is very even with the Ashkenazi and Sephardi divide. Great book.
He graphically depicts the ugliness of the refugee movements (p. 218, etc).
He talks about Israeli looting (p. 220) and the States efforts to stamp it out.
He describes some solid military justifications for forcibly evacuating Arab villages (p. 177, and others).
He reveals the Israeli decisions to appropriate the land of Arab refugees for Jewish settlement(p. 256, etc), Jewish opposition to such measures (same page) and the enormous population pressure of incoming Jewish refugees which made such measures critical (p. 261, among others).
He documents the internal conflicts of the new State, including those within its divided armed forces (p. 211, and others). He shows self-serving division among Israel's Arab neighbors (pp. 241-242, etc).
He chronicles United States support for Israel (p. 445, 460) but also many occasions in which the United States pressured Israel on various issues, including withdrawing from occupied areas and accepting Arab refugees. (pp. 232, 255, 414, 457, 458).
None of the page lists is exhaustive, merely representative.
Gilbert glosses over nothing. He shows both sides of every question. He never tacitly accepts a simple solution to, or explanation for, a complex problem.
It is my opinion, having read the book, that any perception of favoritism toward Israel is actually an uncomfortable awareness (based on well-documented facts) that Israel, for all its mistakes, has been the victim of ingrained hatred and constant aggression, and that her successes have ultimately been the result of the dedication and brilliance of her own people.
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I am learing a lot about the history of Israel and clearing up some mis conceptions both pro and con. A slow read but worth itPublished 27 days ago by Robert L. Bartlett
This is a great review of the relatively brief but impressive history of Israel as we know it today. Read morePublished 28 days ago
Fascinating account of the country and taught me lots of things I had not known beforePublished 2 months ago by Jess S
Fascinating insight into the birth of a nation. Highly recommend to anyone that would like to understand more about Israel.Published 2 months ago by Alaina C Butler
A very thorough treatment of the history of the State of Israel - maybe a little too thorough for the layman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Colegrove
Well written, well researched and thorough. However a bit too much detail on each kibutz and not enough on the countries around Israel in my opinion.Published 4 months ago by Thierry M