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- Print Length: 35 pages
- Publisher: Vook (May 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0052OIRCC
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The Middle East in the 20th Century: A Brief History Kindle Edition
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Firstly, if you read it with little or no understanding of the region, you are likely going to conclude that the least contentious difference is that between the Arabs and the Israelis. This leads me to conclude this booklet is written by an Israeli. By itself, that would not be a great error. The rub comes when one travels through Israel and views so many Arab communities within Israel that are blockaded to prevent the Arabs in Israel from free circulation within their own country. And THAT is a form of apartheid that Israel tells the West that does not exist within Israel.
Mind you, there also is similar sorts of discrimination throughout many Arab communities (though not nearly so blatant or visible) so don't mistake my comment.
What I did appreciate about this too-brief overview was the mention of the various ongoing disputes among the various Arab sectors. I only did not appreciate the short shrift regarding Israel's creation, it's dispute with the Arabs, and the absence of any discussion of Israel's subjugation of the Arabs remaining within recognized 1948 Israel borders, let alone the post 1948 borders. Nor is there any discussion of Intifada I, Intifada II, Arial Sharon etc.
Further, in my observation, and in my estimation, Israel governance is more akin to rule according to the iron fist methods utilized by the old Soviet Eastern Europe rule, than in accordance with Western Democratic governance.
Possibly my thoughts that the writer is too prejudiced towards the Israeli position. Perhaps the true fault lies in providing only 35 pages to discuss a most complex topic. At any rate, this is, thus far, the only Charles Rivers Editors publication that I regret purchasing. I do not recommend purchasing The Middle East in the 20th Century: A Brief History.