By Benny Morris

This historical past of the foundational warfare within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, goal, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally specializes in the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the factors and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the files are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish neighborhood in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the construction of the refugee challenge, which was once a derivative of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the nice Powers—Britain, the us, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris appears either at excessive politics and basic employees decision-making approaches and on the nitty-gritty of strive against within the successive battles that led to the emergence of the nation of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab international, an embarrassment that underlies the ongoing Arab antagonism towards Israel.


"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of frightening either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of old fact merits as a lot admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence instructions sympathy... Morris's e-book is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, brilliant advent to the historic tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday instances 'Morris relates the tale of his new publication soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and unstable event.' David Margolick, manhattan instances publication overview 'An bold, precise and fascinating portrait of the struggle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that additional shatters myths on each side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington publish ebook World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of heritage within the center East stories division of Ben-Gurion collage, Israel. he's the top determine between Israel's "New Historians," who during the last twenty years have reshaped our knowing of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books comprise Righteous sufferers: A background of the Zionist-Arab clash, 1881-2001; Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956; and The start of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.

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But transfer had never been adopted by the movement or any of the main Zionist parties (including the right-wing Revisionists) as part of a platform or official policy. Once the Peel Commission had given the idea its imprimatur, however, the floodgates were opened. Ben-Gurion, Weizmann, Shertok, and others—a virtual consensus—went on record in support of transfer at meetings of the JAE at the Twentieth Zionist Congress (in August 1937, in Zurich) and in other forums. To be sure, these advocates realized and usually acknowledged that the idea was impractical and unrealistic—the British could not be expected to carry out transfer, and the Yishuv, even if willing, was powerless—and transfer was never adopted as official Zionist policy.

36 But Churchill did authorize the establish- S TA K I N G C L A I M S 23 ment of both the Palmah, a guerrilla strike force of Haganah members to be used if the Germans conquered Palestine, and the Jewish Brigade, a large formation composed mainly of volunteers from the Yishuv that fought with the British army in Italy. The veterans of both were to stand the Yishuv in good stead in the 1948 War. In the first months of World War II, Zionist organizations stepped up efforts to save European Jews from the impending massacre—and to strengthen the Yishuv by bringing them to Palestine—through an illegal immigration operation run mainly by the newly created Institute for Illegal Immigration (hamossad leGaliya bilti ligalit), a secret arm of the Haganah.

It was at Eskandelion [Iskenderun], in southern Lebanon, that, leading one reconnaissance squad, Moshe Dayan lost his eye to a Vichy sniper). And during 1943–1945, the Palmah provided the British with some two dozen saboteurs and radio operators who were parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to link up with partisan units and threatened Jewish communities. From 1942, the Palmah constituted a small, standing army, its platoons S TA K I N G C L A I M S 29 dispersed among several dozen kibbutzim and two or three towns.

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