The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - History - 454 pages
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"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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User Review  - Jacqueline - Goodreads

A bit of a slog at times but mostly excellent. Read full review

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User 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

Contents

North from Jerusalem i
1
The Avalanche
7
Creating Facts
42
S1lent Cowboys on the New Front1er
72
Settling In
99
The Inv1s1ble Occupation
129
Chang1ng of the Guard
163
The Reign of Hubr1s
187
Mere Anarchy Is Loosed
250
Confrontation
280
Last Train to Sebast1a
308
The Fall of the House of Labor
342
Ephemeral for the Fourth Decade
363
Notes
425
Index
441
Copyright

All Quiet on the Suez Front
220

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About the author (2007)

Gershom Gorenberg is the author of The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount and co-author of Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. The Jerusalem correspondent for the Forward, he has also written for The Jerusalem Report, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The American Prospect. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

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