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1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel.: The extraordinary early struggles of Jewish and Christian heroes to establish the State of Israel. Paperback – January 5, 2017
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About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. His previous works include 'Israel Reclaiming the Narrative,' 'Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.' His last book 'BDS for IDIOTS,' a rebuttal of BDs activism was a best seller. The author was a co-founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organisation which changed his personal perspective and reframed his views on the peace process following a spate of Palestinian terror attacks on his hometown of Netanya in Israel.
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If the battle for Israel started in a specific year it wasn't 1948 and it certainly wasn't 1967 it was 1917. Barry Shaw's book is full of interesting details that make one ask 'what if, that hadn't happened". For example, who knew that Britain wasn't really interested in conquering the Levant but made that decision, at least partially, to boost home front morale depressed by the continuing carnage in France and a major defeat at Gallipoli? Who knew that the Jews in Ottoman ruled Palestine were terrified that the same genocide inflicted on the Armenians would be inflicted on them? Who knew that the Nili spies whose intelligence paid such a great part in the British (largely Australian and New Zealand and including Jewish troops) victory were so ignored by the High Command and rejected by their neighbours?
It's not a magnum opus of historical writing and in places gets bogged down by just which division attacked what hill. Still it's a valuable refresher, even if you know much of the history and especially if you know little or nothing (and get what you do know wrong). '1917 From Palestine to the Land of Israel' is worth a read.
An inspiring and enriching portrayal of Jewish and Christian heroes, who's daring, courage and sacrifice were pivotal in the unfolding fulfilment of prophecy dating as far back to the days of Elijah, that Israel would one day again be a nation.
Grab a copy and stock up on coffee!
1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel reveals the extraordinary early struggles of Jewish and Christian heroes to establish the state of Israel against a backdrop of violence and villainy.