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Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations First Edition, 1st Printing Edition
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“Not often today do we find historians who are this honest and this bleak and this able—for some reason, I think here of T. S. Eliot’s essays—to express truth so simply.”—Robert Fisk, Independent
“Provides even the hardened student with some new perspectives.”—The Economist
“Noted historian Shlaim presents a collection of hard-hitting pieces about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....Shlaim is an important, sage, reasoned voice on the course of Israeli-Palestinian relations.”—Kirkus Reviews
“One of the best and most illuminating accounts of Arab-Israeli relations in years.”—Foreign Affairs
“Fascinating ... Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a re-evaluation of traditional Israeli history.”—New York Times Book Review
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Top Customer Reviews
Please, anyone who wishes to understand the conflict, read and learn. Most people (including myself) are not capable of reading the primary literature. But at least analyze the work of those that dedicate their entire lives to history and scholarship.
It is important to note that this book intends to be a fairly complete overview of the conflict, its origins and evolution. It focuses on some aspects more than others and is not a complete analysis of any particular point in time (in the sense of discussing opposition and rebuttals and re-rebuttals etc) but the book essentially assumes no prior knowledge. The author starts with the foundations of the formation of Israel, the motivations both from global political perspectives as well as zionist perspective and the local arab perspective. Avi starts out by describing the situation as one in which there were shaky foundations, with English politics being contradictory and eventually leading to a Jewish priority. This shakiness is attributed to foreign powers and their inconsistent approach rather than Israeli subversiveness. It is an important distinction that helps formulate the authors underlying belief which is that the state was founded for a people with from some veil of ignorance the strongest requirement for a sovereign state at the expense of an existing population.Read more ›
Part 1 comprises ten articles on the 1948 war and after, Part 2 ten articles on the Oslo Accord of September 1993 and beyond, Part 3 five articles on the breakdown of the peace process, and Part 4 five articles looking at the current situation from various perspectives. He identifies three main watersheds, each the subject of heated debate: the founding of Israel, the 6-Day war of June 1967 and the Oslo Accord.
Israeli governments usually oppose a Palestinian state and a return to its 1967 borders, even though, as Shlaim argues, ending the occupation of the West Bank would enhance Israel's security. The Oslo Accord, negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians, with virtually no US or EU involvement, was a great step forward towards creating a Palestinian state. But tragically Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his successor Ehud Olmert wrecked the Accord, as Shlaim shows.
Shlaim recognises that the Iraq war had `no solid basis in international law' and that the invasion did not help to resolve the Israel/Palestine conflict or promote democracy in the Middle East. You don't end one illegal occupation by starting another.
Shlaim argues that Israel's brutal military occupation of Gaza was `deliberate de-development'. The USA and the EU helped the Israeli state by imposing sanctions on Gaza, not on the occupier but on the occupied.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thorough and nuanced review of recent literature related to the conflict between Israel and Palestine focused on ascertaining truth rather than proving either side's stance.Published 13 months ago by Dima Galkin
This compilation of essays is thought provoking. The essays will stimulate your search for a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine divide.Published on May 11, 2013 by Peter F. Spalding
Avi, open a history book!
There is no palestine. Palestine was nothing but the English European name for Israel. Read more
This is my first serious reading foray on the Israeli Palestinian issue. As such, I do not feel I can confidently compare or contrast it to any other work. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Beth Annette
The jig is up. All other things being equal, if they were equal, Mr. Avi's recounting of what he thinks the real history and situation of Israel is, would be a refreshing... Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by L. Kaplan
One of a few books that talks about how Israeli came to own the land of Palestinian with facts unlike Zionist propagandists' books. Read morePublished on March 5, 2011 by Amanda
This book was not written of a piece - as noted in the product description it is a collection of writings over a 30 year period. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by James E. Anderson
Shlaim believes that "job of the historian is to judge". This seems, alas, to entail some noticeable shoe-horning of reality to fit the requirements of ideological fashion and... Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by bk_readr
Israel and Palestine
The author claims to be a historian. His new volume starts with the erroneous maps. Read more