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1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A lucid history of a year that began in agony and self-doubt and ended with a nation made powerful and purposeful.In the mid-1960s, writes Ha'aretz columnist Segev (One Palestine, Complete, 2000, etc.), most Israelis were convinced that the Arab nations surrounding them would one day resume their goal of destroying Israel, and, moreover, "that Israelis could offer nothing to induce them to ... Read full review

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Why do I find this book to be so awesome? Well, it addresses one of the hottest topics in the Middle East - "Was the 1967 War really a defensive war?" Using 22 archives/libraries and recently declassified documents, plus personal memoires, notes and diaries of key players, Segev sets about unravelling the real dynamics of the time. One particularly vivid picture that he paints is that of the tension between the Sabra generals and the politicians. Following the inexorable path to war, he shows how the senior military and the politicians were well aware that Nasser had no intention of invading Israel, and, if he did, that he would have no chance of success. Segev draws in American correspondence to confirm that this was also the US view.
He quotes, with impeccable references, words from leaders like Labor Minister Allon wanting to invent a pretext so as to allow Israel to claim that the Egyptians had started the war; that Israel Lior acknowledged that Nasser's move was a psychological face-off and that the process had started much earlier, with the air-battle over Damascus on April 7th 1967; Moshe Dayan admitting that Israel was responsible for 80% of the provocations along the border with Syria and that Nasser was responding to Israeli actions such as Samua, the April 7 'incident', and Israeli propaganda; that Ben-Gurion held, not Egypt nor Syria, but Israel itself responsible for the crisis; and the many generals who urged the prime minister to allow them to attack, not because Israel was under imminent threat, but because the prestige of the IDF was suffering.
Now that is quite different from what I had believed up until reading this book.
 

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Donna Herrick - Goodreads

A fascinating exposition of the 6-day war and its aftermath. You may wonder how the world came to the impass that is the middle-east. The answer that I found in this book is that Israel, like most ... Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Goodreads

This book has really interesting information about Israel and you can understand many implications for the Israel side, but I am rating not high because it lacks of information about the Arab world ... Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - David Lˇpez - Goodreads

This book has really interesting information about Israel and you can understand many implications for the Israel side, but I am rating not high because it lacks of information about the Arab world ... Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Goodreads

Modern style social history, very american, but very well done, especially the aperšu of life in Israel at the time. Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Jan Colle - Goodreads

Modern style social history, very american, but very well done, especially the aperšu of life in Israel at the time. Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Goodreads

An incredibly detailed, extremely well researched, engaging look at what happened both on the ground and behind closed doors in the time leading up to, during, and after the Six Day War. A must read for anyone interested in Middle East history Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

An incredibly detailed, extremely well researched, engaging look at what happened both on the ground and behind closed doors in the time leading up to, during, and after the Six Day War. A must read for anyone interested in Middle East history Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

This thing is huge. Seriously. I feel like I really accomplished something finishing it. That said, I enjoyed it and found it a fascinating and extensive history of the events preceding the six-day ... Read full review

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