The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977
"Remarkably insightful . . . A groundbreaking revision that deserves to reframe the entire debate . . . It soars."--The New York Times Book Review
In The Accidental Empire, Gershom Gorenberg examines the strange birth of the settler movement in the ten years following the Six-Day War and finds that it was as much the child of Labor Party socialism as of religious extremism. The giants of Israeli history--Dayan, Meir, Eshkol, Allon--all played major roles in this drama, as did more contemporary figures like Sharon, Rabin, and Peres. Gorenberg also shows how three American presidents turned a blind eye to what was happening in the territories, and reveals their strategic reasons for doing so.
Drawing on newly opened archives and extensive interviews, Gorenberg calls into question much of what we think we know about this issue that continues to haunt the Middle East.
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Review: The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977User Review - Jacqueline - Goodreads
A bit of a slog at times but mostly excellent. Read full review
Review: The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977User Review - John Lum - Goodreads
I read this soon after it was published in 2007 and couldn't help but think of it in recent weeks. Not sure how one wins the struggle against "their" religious extremists by further empowering "our ... Read full review
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