De Gaulle, Israel And The Jews

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Overview

The lives of Raymond Aron and Charles de Gaulle intersected at significant moments in twentieth-century history, though they differed on many issues during World War II and over the subsequent decades. Aron, for example, distinguished between the attitude and responsibility of the Vichy government and the French Nazi collaborators in Paris, unlike de Gaulle, who regarded anyone who obeyed Marshal Petain as a traitor. In the postwar period, Aron differed from de Gaulle on a number of issues, including Algeria. But the strongest direct criticism by Aron of de Gaulle's language and policy resulted after a 1967 press conference, where he referred to Jews as "an elite people, self-assured and domineering."

This comment led Aron to write DeGaulle, Israel and the Jews. Aron saw de Gaulle conflating the issues of Israel and that of French Jews, and the question of Israeli policy in 1967 and other times. He stressed the right of individuals to be, at the same time, French and Jewish, and raised the question of whether de Gaulle intended to deliver a message to the Jews in the Diaspora or simply wanted to attack those in Israel. While Aron did not accuse de Gaulle of anti-Semitism, he felt that for the first time in postwar Europe, a leader had used language that lent respectability to anti-Semitism and made it legitimate.

De Gaulle, Israel and the Jews, translated from the French by John Sturrock and graced with a new introductory essay by Michael Curtis, allows us the opportunity to raise questions about de Gaulle and his policy in the Middle East. Was he anti-Semitic? What were his real attitudes and policies toward Israel, and how did they relate to his policies on the Middle East and on international affairs? This is a volume of contemporary relevance for students of political science, Middle East affairs, and international policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765809254
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Aron (1905-1983) was the foremost political and social theorist of post-World War II France known for his skeptical analyses of leftist ideologies. was well known in both the United States and United Kingdom, serving as Andrew D. White Professor-At-Large at Cornell University. He also taught at Columbia and Oxford. He authored more than forty books, including Main Currents in Sociological Thought, The Opium of the Intellectuals,and The Imperial Republic, all published in new editions by Transaction.

Michael Curtis is distinguished professor emeritus of political science at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous books, including Israel in the Third World, Antisemitism in the Contemporary World, Orientalism and Islam, and Should Israel Exist?: A Sovereign Nation under Attack by the International Community.

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Table of Contents

The press conference 19
The age of suspicion 21
Sound of arms in the Near East 53
Russia versus America 57
The hour of decision 60
Face to face with tragedy 63
How the war became inevitable 71
The tragic ironies of history 75
Local crisis or world crisis? 79
Between cabinets 82
Arms and peace 86
Why? 89
Israel between war and peace 92
A diplomacy in search of a policy 96
Will the Arabs agree to negotiate? 101
Intervention of the powers? 105
The UN in the Middle East crisis 111
The UN and the Middle East crisis 115
The Jews 121
The Jews and the state of Israel 140
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