Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations

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Verso, 2009 - History - 392 pages
“The only way to make sense of Israel's senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. I write as someone who served loyally in the Israeli army in the mid-1960s and who has never questioned the legitimacy of the state of Israel within its pre-1967 borders. What I utterly reject is the Zionist colonial project beyond the Green Line. The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the June 1967 war had very little to do with security and everything to do with territorial expansionism. The aim was to establish Greater Israel through permanent political, economic and military control over the Palestinian territories. And the result has been one of the most prolonged and brutal military occupations of modern times.”
--Avi Shlaim, from Israel and Palestine

With characteristic rigor and readability, Avi Shlaim reflects on a range of key issues, transformations and personalities in the Israel-Palestine conflict. From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the failure of the Oslo peace process, from the 1948 War to the 2008 invasion of Gaza, Israel and Palestine places current events in their proper historical perspective. It assesses the impact of key political and intellectual figures, including Yasir Arafat and Ariel Sharon, Edward Said and Benny Morris; it also re-examines the United States' influential role in the conflict, and explores the many missed opportunities for peace and progress in the region. Clear-eyed and meticulous, Israel and Palestine is an essential tool for understanding the fractured history and future prospects of Israel-Palestine.

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I borrowed it from a friend who was headed to the region. I did not realize that it was a collection of academic articles by the author, so there was some repetition throughout. Each article referred ... Read full review

ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations

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Noted historian Shlaim (International Relations/Univ. of Oxford; Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace, 2008, etc.) presents a collection of hard-hitting pieces about the Israeli ... Read full review


The Balfour Declaration and its Consequences
The Civil War in Palestine
The Rise and Fall of the AllPalestine Government in Gaza

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Avi Shlaim is a Fellow of St. Anthony's College and a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. His books include Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace; War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History; The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World; and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations. He lives in Oxford.

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