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1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    An Israeli Historian with a Balanced View

    Morris goes beyond the traditional view of the Jewish David vs.the Arab Goliath. He explains how Jewish participation in WWII gave them the advantage over the Arabs who sat on the sidelines. He does not shrink from enumerating Israeli as well as Palestinian massacres and ethnic cleansing. He also shows how the Arab states cynically betrayed the Palestinians and how Muslim hatred of the Jews made a settlement impossible. If you want a romantic view of the 1948 conflict, read another account; if you want thoughtful analysis, try this book.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

    This is an exceptionally well written, balanced examination of the first Arab Israeli war. It provides a clear eyed view of the attitudes, behaviors and actions of nascent State of Israel and her implacable foes within and surrounding the country

    Benny Morris commanding examination of the first Arab Israeli war doesn't pull any punches. It objectively examines and expertly dispells core myths surrounding the conflict using many original Arab and Jewish sources. The unvarnished portrait of the leaders on both sides of the conflict provides the reader with insight into the basis for critical leadeship decisions and, in the end, makes clear that the Israeli's committment, organization and sense of destiny were unequal to the the Arab disorganized, disjointed response to the fprmation of the state. Highly readable

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