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In this far-ranging history, Avi Shlaim analyzes that question in remarkable detail, tracing the shifting policies of Israel toward the Palestinians and the Arab world at large. Herzl, he writes, followed a policy that consciously sought to enlist the great powers--principally Britain and later the United States--while dismissing indigenous claims to sovereignty; after all, Herzl argued, "the Arab problem paled in significance compared with the Jewish problem because the Arabs had vast spaces outside Palestine, whereas for the Jews, who were being persecuted in Europe, Palestine constituted the only possible haven." This policy later changed to a stance of confrontation against the admittedly hostile surrounding Arab powers, especially Syria, Jordan, and Egypt; this militant stance was a source of controversy in the international community, and it also divided Israelis into hawk and dove factions. The intransigence of those hawks, Shlaim shows, served to alienate Israel and made it possible for the Palestine Liberation Organization and other Arab nationalist groups to enlist the support of the great powers that Herzl had long before courted. Both sides, in turn, had eventually to face the "historic compromise" that led to the present peace in the Middle East--a peace that, the author suggests, may not endure. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Wonderful book. Very well written. Easy to read and gives a great objective background on the issue which is very helpful for someone who is new to the Arab-Israel conflict.Published 3 months ago by Wasif Malik
You can say 'biased' but it is extremely rare not to see that, on this topic. At least he has the courage to 'tell it like it is', much of which many have suspected all along. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Valdez
The author doesn't even live in Israel. He's spent most of his life since the 60s in the UK. So he can't claim to know anything sbout how Israel and the Arabs are changing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Philip
This book is an effort to understand the Israeli- Arab conflict, and put the onus of the blame for it on Israel. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shalom Freedman
This is an incredibly important and wonderful book. Avi makes a very strong case against the efficacy of the Israeli foreign policy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H. N. T.
This is a diplomatic history of Israel's relations with the surrounding Arab states. Avi Shlaim, a professor of international relations, interprets these relations in terms of the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Edward Brynes
Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall, Israel and the Arab World delves into the Arab-Israeli conflict from the assertion of Israeli independence, however it also breifly yet discriptively and... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by No Name
As so many of the liberal progressives in the US have re-written history to suit their political beliefs, this author seems to be trying to do the same with Israel. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Robert Barkley
Before I commenced reading this book I investigated the book with Amazon reviews. I was slightly turned off by the negative comments, but I know now that some of those criticisms... Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by Arsen G. Shirvanyan