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Palestine Betrayed Hardcover – April 27, 2010
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(Seth Frantzman Jerusalem Post 2010-08-01)
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In my own opinion this authoritative, timely and well written study is destined to become a classic in relation to this contentious subject. Those who have already embraced the revisionist history of the 'new historians' will probably want to give it a miss as the detail and depth of this work tends to blow their case completely out of the water.
Citing many documents which have been declassified over the past decade, both the Arab and Jewish perspectives of this conflict are addressed from the very start. The political/diplomatic manoeuvering of many prominent individuals on both sides and in the international arena are all given due reference.
Recent declassification of millions of documents from the era surrounding the British Mandate are shown to have been ignored or distorted by the 'new historians' in order to paint a picture that the author claims 'is completely at odds with the anti Israel caricature that is so often the order of the day'.
This compelling investigation makes it clear to the reader that Israel is being robbed of its political, historic and geographic legitimacy, whilst being made to appear to rob the Palestinians of the nation it never had.
At the outset the author draws attention to the differing positions of the then Jewish and Arab leadership leading up to the 1947 UN resolution calling for the partition of 'Palestine' into two independent states - Arab and Jewish - plus the internationalisation of Jerusalem.Read more ›
Of course, I do not have the background or the time to dig into the details myself. I can marvel at the references but I have no way to get them all and read them for myself. So if someone else says this book is merely pro-Israeli propoganda, I have no foolproof way of showing that it is not. The case the book makes is generally consistent with what I have found myself in my limited readings. But, of course, those have been selective. All I can say is that the book's statement have the "ring of truth" to my ear. But it would be interesting to hear what specialists in this area might say. I am sure that some would disagree with many of his conclusions.
Those whose agenda precedes their interest in the truth will find a way to brush off Karsh's book(s) by engaging in derision & insults rather than factual debate.
But for those who are stymied by the onslaught of the populist press there is great comfort in being re-assured of the truth of justice of Israel's way.
I recommend this to anyone who wants to get a clearer understanding of the problem in the Middle East and what the Arabs call the Nakba. They did it to themselves and this book proves it.
Israel is now being condemned simply for BEING. They're told that they have to make peace with a terrorist group, Hamas. Hamas does NOT want peace with Israel; they want the total elimination of Israel and want to kill Jews wherever they are. How is anyone supposed to make peace with a group like that?Wired
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I don't understand how you can write a book on the Palestinian Mandate period through the emergence of Israel not including Palestians' views. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. Said
Using what he says are new sources, Karsh has written a vigorous restatement of what might be called the traditional pro-Israel narrative. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Aaron
Recommended for those who believe that Israel is an Apartheid state!Published 8 months ago by Ruselis
Wow ... This book is exhaustive. Dispels a ton of BS. People will attack Karsh but can't argue the facts.Published 8 months ago by Theodore E. Friedman
I was looking forward to reading this book, but I struggled to complete it due to its very dry articulation. Also, its extreme bias was evident from the beginning.Published 16 months ago by Kevin Flores
Karsh covers a lot of the same territory, I've previously encountered. I compared his accounts of the Israel Independence War against Morris's
"1948. Read more
The 'Rest of the Story' that most of the world doesn't know or want to know!Published 20 months ago by Dan