The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World

by Avi Shlaim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393321126

ISBN-13: 9780393321128

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"Fascinating. . . . Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a revaluation of traditional Israeli history."—New York Times Book Review
As it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes, but its conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world at large casts a long shadow over its history. What was promulgated…  See more details below

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"Fascinating. . . . Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a revaluation of traditional Israeli history."—New York Times Book Review
As it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, the State of Israel could count many important successes, but its conflict with the Palestinians and the Arab world at large casts a long shadow over its history. What was promulgated as an "iron-wall" strategy—dealing with the Arabs from a position of unassailable strength—was meant to yield to a further stage where Israel would be strong enough to negotiate a satisfactory peace with its neighbors. The goal remains elusive. In this penetrating study, Avi Shlaim examines how variations of the iron-wall philosophy have guided Israel’s leaders; he finds that, while the strategy has been successful, opportunities have been lost to progress from military security to broader peace. The Iron Wall brilliantly illuminates past progress and future prospects for peace in the Middle East.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393321128
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
529,414
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.16(h) x 1.27(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Chronology
Prologue: The Zionist Foundations1
1The Emergence of Israel 1947-194928
2Consolidation 1949-195354
3Attempts at Accommodation 1953-195595
4The Road to Suez 1955-1957143
5The Alliance of the Periphery 1957-1963186
6Poor Little Samson 1963-1969218
7Immobilism 1969-1974283
8Disengagement 1974-1977325
9Peace with Egypt 1977-1981352
10The Lebanese Quagmire 1981-1984384
11Political Paralysis 1984-1988424
12Stonewalling 1988-1992461
13The Breakthrough 1992-1995502
14The Setback 1995-1996546
15Back to the Iron Wall 1996-1998564
Epilogue597
Notes611
Bibliography633
Index643

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