The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2000 - History - 670 pages
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As it Celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes, but its conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world at large casts a long shadow over its history. What was promulgated as an "iron-wall" strategy -- dealing with the Arabs from a position of unassailable strength -- was meant to yield to a further stage where Israel would be strong enough to negotiate a satisfactory peace with its neighbors. The goal remains elusive.

In this penetrating studv. Avi Shlaim examines how variations of the iron-wall philosophy have guided Israel's leaders; he finds that, white the strategy has been successful, opportunities have been lost to progress from military security to broader peace. The Iron Wall brilliantly illuminates past progress and future prospects for peace in the Middle East.

  

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User Review  - Ronando - Goodreads

Just started the book, am hoping to learn a little more about Israel & Palestine, in light of the recent killings of the 3 Israeli boys and burning alive of one Palestinian boy. Sadly, the more I read ... Read full review

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Contents

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Page 7 - His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
Page 3 - The aim of Zionism is to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.
Page 3 - Congress in a word which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, I would be answered by universal laughter. Perhaps in five years, and certainly in fifty, everyone will know it.

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About the author (2000)

Avi Shlaim is professor of international relations at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

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