If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions… Abba Eban


aiwar001

1948: a history of the  first Arab-Israeli war New Haven [Conn.]: Yale University Press, c 2008 Benny Morris Palestine History, Military  20th century Hardcover. xiv, 524 p., [16] p. of plates: ill., maps; 24 cm.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 421-505) and index. Clean, tight and  strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Winston Churchill, "Lawrence of Arabia," and Emir Abdullah walking in the gardens of the Government House, Jerusalem, during secret conference

Winston Churchill, “Lawrence of Arabia,” and Emir Abdullah walking in the gardens of the Government House, Jerusalem, during secret conference

This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is deeply revisionist. An account of the military engagements, it also focuses on the war’s political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the motives and aims of the protagonists on the basis of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side — where the archives are still closed — is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials and therein lies the chief weakness of the book since it gives the impression that the one side is fact and the other is conjecture.

King Feisal's last visit to Jerusalem. Late King Feisal and Emir Abdullah. Surrounded by the students near the Dome of the Rock

King Feisal’s last visit to Jerusalem. Late King Feisal and Emir Abdullah. Surrounded by the students near the Dome of the Rock

Morris ignores the defensive character of the two-stage Arab assault on the Jewish community in Palestine. Throughout, he examines the dialectic between the war’s military and political developments and highlights the military impetus in the creation of the refugee problem, which was a by-product of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society.

King Farouk's birthday celebrations in J'lem. [i.e., Jerusalem]. Group in the reception room, with Egyptian Counsel Gen[eral] Moh. Khayrat Bey

King Farouk’s birthday celebrations in J’lem. [i.e., Jerusalem]. Group in the reception room, with Egyptian Counsel Gen[eral] Moh. Khayrat Bey


The book thoroughly investigates the role of the Great Powers — Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union — in shaping the conflict and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris looks both at high politics and general staff decision-making processes and at the nitty-gritty of combat in the successive battles that resulted in the emergence of the Jewish state in Israel and the humiliation of the Arab world, a humiliation that contributes to the continued Arab antagonism toward Israel.

General Sir Alan Cunningham wrote  "It appears to me that H.M.G.'s policy is now simply to get out of Palestine as quickly as possible without regard to the consequences in Palestine"

General Sir Alan Cunningham wrote “It appears to me that H.M.G.’s policy is now simply to get out of Palestine as quickly as possible without regard to the consequences in Palestine”

Advertisements

Comments Off on If Algeria introduced a resolution declaring that the earth was flat and that Israel had flattened it, it would pass by a vote of 164 to 13 with 26 abstentions… Abba Eban

Filed under Book Reviews

Comments are closed.