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Israel's Wars: A History since 1947 (Warfare and History) Paperback – August 13, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0415214681 ISBN-10: 0415214688 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Warfare and History
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415214688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415214681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,703,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

'The authors analysis of these conflicts is illuminating and timely.' – Jewish Chronicle

'A significant contribution to the controversy.' – Middle East Studies Associated Bulletin

About the Author

Ahron Bregman is at Webster University and is the author of The Fifty Years War: Israel and Arabs (1998).

More About the Author

Ahron (Ronnie) Bregman was born in Israel in 1958. After six years of army service, during which he took part in the 1978 Litany Campaign and the 1982 Lebanon war and reached the rank of captain, he left the army to work at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant. He studied in Jerusalem and London, completing a doctorate in War Studies at King's College in 1994. He was also the academic consultant and associate producer of two major BBC / PBS television series: The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998) and Elusive Peace (2005). He lives in London and teaches at the Department of War Studies, King's College London.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts on October 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I bought this book (the most recent revised edition) in the context of furthering my studies in the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict in particular. I also purchased the book due to the fact that the author is a former Israeli Army Captain, who served in the Operation 'Peace For Galilee' conflict in Lebanon of 1982.
Having a military history myself, I have always been prepared to listen to and indeed value the opinions of others with a service history, especially those who have engaged in conflict, irrespective of whose side they fought upon or their political leanings.
To that end I was not disappointed with this book. I listened keenly to everything that the former Israeli officer had to say.
However, with the greatest respect to the author, I find that there is a considerable amount of selective omission and some undocumented/uncorroborated personal opinions expressed here which many will find inaccurate and one-sided.
Bregman's take on the Palestinian refugee issue around 1948 leaves a lot unsaid and therefore omits a great deal of accuracy. He omits any references and makes fleeting statements which are frankly incomplete and untrue.
In specific issues such as that mentioned, readers would be well advised to make reference to the scholarly works of Aryeh Avneri, Joan Peters and Efraim Karsh who are all far more qualifed to teach on such important issues.
This book in my opinion is not so much a reference book as a personal insight/analysis and an expression of the author's own views on many aspects of the Jewish state's military conflicts and political episodes of it's turbulent history.
I feel that Bregman's personal comments on the 1967 war also suffer from the same 'ailments' as that on the 'refugee' issue.
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By garza.ok on October 7, 2013
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When writing a book concerning Israel's history one should accurately present the facts. "The Arabs... were the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham's son by his concubines Ketira." "The Arabs of Palestine... the majority of whom were Muslims with no tradition of anti-Semitism..." Both quotes from paragraph 1 pg. 2. This author should have payed closer attention in Sunday School.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on September 22, 2006
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This brief work purports to cover the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1947 to 1993. The emphasis is not so much on the military as it is on the social and political aspects. The reader comes away with an all too brief and somewhat biased account of the conflict. The author, jewish himself, seems very anti-government in many of his views. This is interesting as until recently not many Israeli authors would dare find any fault with the heroic struggle of the Israeli state. Perhaps this is a sign that Israel has come of age if it can produce this kind of objective, albeit revisionist history.

I like that the author re-appraises many of the conflicts and comes away with some controversial findings. In the 1948 conflict he challeneges the heroic stand of Israel often taken in the past and says that the Arabs actually committed fewer forces preportionately than the new Israeli state did. This is a surprising re-evalution. While he gives the Israeli army credit for many of its victories there is often a critical analyis of its actions, especially by the leadership. Begin, Sharon, Meir, et al receive rather unflattering portraits of their political and military decisions.

The book covers all the basic conflicts and goes into more recent events with the invasion of Labanon in 1982 and ending with the Intafada of the early 1990s. Again, the Israeli government receives harsh criticism from the author in how it responded to these crisis. I would say this is a good overall book, probably suitable as supplemental reading for a college level course on the Middle East today. As a standard history it should be balanced with other works on this subject. Those seeking a military history will be disappointed. Stay with A J Baker and Chiam Herzog for the more standard military histories. Otherwise a pretty quick, but otherwise revisionist read.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Meir on February 17, 2007
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I'll keep this short, as I'm not interested in getting into a debate about middle east politics. The author wrote a book that is in the classic modern leftist, anti-Israel mold. If you enjoy Al Jazeera or BBC accounts of Israel, you'll love this book. If you are interested in an even handed account of the history of Israel, this is not the book for you.
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