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Israel: A History Paperback – September 23, 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed it. Learned a good deal and was surprised at how little I knew on the subject.
Barrie J, Lax
I'm loving the book and it reads like an exciting novel............Long way to go yet.....Published 1 month ago by Gene Roqueplot
Excellent book. Provides a detailed history of the modern state of Israel. Provides a clear understanding of Israel's political, and military struggles to birth and maintain a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Worm
Very interesting read. I finally understand how Israel came to exist as a country.Published 1 month ago by SReilly
Very interesting book about the history of Israel as a country and Jewish inhabitants of Palestine. The author thoroughly describes all historical nuances and facts focusing on... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A detailed history of Israel from the hand of the man who wrote one the definitive biography of Winston Churchill. Read morePublished 3 months ago by LD
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 6 months ago by Robert L. Bartlett