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Israeli historiography is under assault by "new historians" exposing "Zionist narrative". This text takes issue with these "revisionists", arguing that they have ignored or misinterpreted much documentation in developing their analysis of Israel's history.
an invaluable book for anyone interested in the Jewish State.
- Lifestyles Magazine
Posted October 12, 2002
Not only is the penmanship of Mr. Karsh excellent but he also has the ability to debunk [il]logical conclusions that `new¿ Historians make by using their own evidence. If that was not enough Karsh levels the claim that these so called `new¿ Historians don¿t even follow the conventions of scholarly research. He shows that there is not one single source that the 'new' Historians have not manipulated and some times fabricated to further their agenda. Karsh also shows that the 'new' Historians are actually not new and in fact they just regurgitate old half-truths and conspiracy theories that have no basis in scholarly research. In addition Benny Morris, a leading `new¿ Historian, has recently come out and said, ¿Karsh has a point,¿ and ¿My treatment of transfer thinking before 1948 was, indeed, superficial¿. Morris has also stated, ¿Karsh appears to be correct in charging that I `stretched' the evidence to make my point¿. I think these quotes speak for themselves and to the validity of Mr. Karsh's claims. Lastly, it is so sad to see that the most Middle Eastern History is based on the works of these 'new' Historians who as Efraim Karsh has proven are nothing more than charlatans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 5, 2002
An excellent work ! `The pen is mightier than the sword', as the maxim proclaims. The `sword' has failed so the propagandists now reach for their pens. The state of Israel has been subjected to many wars since the day of it's rebirth in 1948. Conflicts in pursuit of the genocide of the Jewish race and the eradication of Israel from the Middle East. Wars, pogroms, terrorism and dispersal through the nations have all failed in parallel agendas against the Jewish people. Now their enemies have resorted to a new strategy through the pens of pseudo-scholars and historical revisionists who seek to distort, re-write and vilify the very fabric upon which the state of Israel and the Jewish people are founded. Efraim Karsh presents a full frontal attack on those who would wish to denigrate Jewish history and in so doing further fan the flames of the ever present anti-Semitism eternally waiting in the shadows for any opportunity to denounce the state of Israel. Karsh proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that these so-called `new historians' are no more than propagandists & he professionally exposes their falsifications through a careful and systematic analysis of significant documentation & sources. Beginning with Middle East `expert' Benny Morris, Karsh shows that through the latter's falsification of documentation in pursuit of an obvious agenda of vilification, his own presumed existence of some elementary academic integrity amongst Middle East `scholars' was sadly mistaken. The oppressive atmosphere pertaining to all debates concerning the Jewish state and it's relationship with it's Arab neighbours should be seen in the context of the revelations within this book, together with the underlying hostility towards the very existence of a Jewish state in the midst of an ocean of Arab nations, and what can only be described as a virulent, rudimentary anti-Semitism amongst avowed intellectuals in the field. This book is splendidly written by Karsh and one does not need to be an academic to digest this extremely important topic. One of the best books on this subject to be found. Should be revised and kept up to date as often as possible, as the pens of the `revisionists' are still active. Have a nice day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.