Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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For years people have been asking for a resource that provides concise, factual information on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Myths and Facts fills this desperate need. This 464-page guide contains 26 chapters covering everything from Israel's roots to each of the wars to the "al-Aksa intifada." In addition to discussions of the historical issues and current events, the book has a collection of maps and key documents, such as the Oslo agreements and the peace treaties Israel signed with Israel and ...
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Overview

For years people have been asking for a resource that provides concise, factual information on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Myths and Facts fills this desperate need. This 464-page guide contains 26 chapters covering everything from Israel's roots to each of the wars to the "al-Aksa intifada." In addition to discussions of the historical issues and current events, the book has a collection of maps and key documents, such as the Oslo agreements and the peace treaties Israel signed with Israel and Jordan. The facts are footnoted and a wide variety of sources have been consulted, from Arabic, Hebrew and English newspapers to scholarly journals and books.

About the Author: Mitchell Bard is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S.-Middle East policy. Dr. Bard is also the director of the Jewish Virtual Library, the world's most comprehensive online encyclopedia of Jewish history and culture. For three years, he was the editor of the Near East Report, the preeminent newsletter on U.S. Middle East policy. Dr. Bard's work has appeared in academic journals, magazines and major newspapers. He is the author of 13 books, including The Water's Edge And Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy, Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps, The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict, The Complete History of the Holocaust, and The Nuremberg Trials. Bard holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and a master's degree in public policy from Berkeley. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780971294547
  • Publisher: American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    Look at the facts...

    Just because an author is a member of a certain organization or think-tank does not, IN AND OF ITSELF, mean that evrything they write is biased. This book, just like any other book, must be judged on its content and content alone. To determine its worthiness as a scholarly publication, one must take into account the sources that the author uses to back up his claims. Are they one-sided or broad in scope? In this test, the book passes with flying colors. It is replete with footnotes that cover the entire spectrum of israeli-palestinian discourse, including exhaustive material from arab-language newspapers, reporters, and books. This book presents facts, not opinions formulated by the author. The facts are backed up by extensive research that is difficult to dispute. In this day and age, when people like to have their information spoon-fed by agenda-driven documentaries and cable news specials, it is refreshing to read a book that presents cold, hard, meticulously-researched facts on this controversial subject. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    An accurate guide to the Israeli- Arab conflict

    This book is in a sense a predecessor to Alan Dershowitz's ' The Case for Israel'. Dershowitz takes common accusations against Israel and brings convincing evidence to disprove them. The writers of this work pioneered in showing how the superb Arab mythmaking and propaganda machine has spread a number of lies now commonly accepted by humanity. The lies include those which blame Israel for the Arab - Israel conflict instead of showing how Arab intransigence over eight decades has led to continued Mideast violence. The Arabs with their vast landspace cannot tolerate any independent stranger in their midst. The terror and violence which the Arabs have used against Israel repeatedly continues unfortunately to this day. This is a first - rate source and highly recommended to anyone who is not an Anti- Semite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2002

    Revised & Updated, A Veritable Gold-mine Of Information.

    This book is a veritable gold-mine of information on the Middle East. It is far, far more than a reference book. Granted, those who are looking for an extensive, in-depth study on the Middle East should look for a book that specifically deals with the particular subject in question. However, this book provides some 450 pages of incredibly valuable information and covers with remarkable and accurate detail a whole plethora of subjects. Stemming from the British Mandate period, to the re-birth of the Jewish state, the Arab-Israeli wars, the Palestinian issue, refugees, the Intifada, the UN, the Mid-East `Peace Process', Jews in Arab/Islamic countries, the media and most significant of all, Jerusalem. Each particular issue weighs the commonly held views on the matter together with the propaganda, against the factual and true data on every issue and the relevant references and sources pertaining to each. Maps and charts are plentifully provided. Sometimes I wonder how much the political and diplomatic `powers that be' actually know about this most relevant of issues. It certainly would not do most world leaders any harm to keep a copy of this book on their office desks. If the reader weighs up what they see on the television screens and what they read in their daily newspapers against what appears here, they cannot but be alarmed at how today's media is distorting the manner in which this conflict is being presented to the public.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Among the best resources out there

    This is a book I find myself constantly referring back to, both to understand the history of the region and to get the back story behind what's going on today. Factual, comprehensive, and genuinely informative - no fluff! If you're interested in the facts behind the Arab-Israeli conflict, this is a must-have resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Merely propaganda

    Before buying this book, read up on who and what the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise is and what they advocate. This book's author is an executive director with this organization, which has no academic or scholarly affiliations. The AICE is purely a political organization with the expressed goal of promoting radical Zionist ideology. This book's sole purpose is an attempt to justify the insidious and indefensible policies of Israel regarding the Palestinians and their other Arab neighbors. The author, Mitchell Bard is also a board member on the Middle East Forum, a radical Zionist think tank. If you want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict, look for something written by actual historians and scholars who don't have a political agenda to peddle. A good place to start is Charles Smith's Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (St. Martins Press), William Cleveland's History of the Modern Middle East (Westview Press), Ilan Pappe's Israel-Palestine Question (Taylor & Francis) and his new book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (One World Publications), Norman Finkelstein's Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-semitism and the Abuse of History (Univ of California Press), Noam Chomsky's The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians (South End Press), Israeli author Simha Flapan's Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities and his other book, Zionism and the Palestinians, Samih Farsoun's Palestine and the Palestinians (Westview Press), and Mazin B. Qumsiyeh's Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle (Pluto Press). Also, I recommend books which reproduce original source documents such as the UN Resolutions, letters, various commission of inquiry reports, etc., which one can read for himself or herself rather than relying on misleading and distorted interpretations of source documents such as Mitchell Bard does in this Myths and Facts book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    A great book to learn about the real truth of the Middle East Conflict

    This was an incredibly good and consise book that put in the referances to actually documents and reports on what is really going on in the Middle East. It is good to see what the facts are are, not just the propaganda.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2003

    Simplistic and Illogical Propaganda

    This book is divided into many short chapters, each of which picks one supposedly ¿Arab myth¿ and tries to refute it. The list of topics is quite elementary and the `refutations¿ are superficial and in many cases illogical or self-contradicting. The book places much emphasis on trivialities like names and terminology instead of substance, leading to absurd contradictions like claiming an inherent Jewish right to Palestine based on residence 2000 years ago, while denying the same right to Palestinians who were born there. Briefly, this book appears to meddle myths and facts beyond recognition. Perhaps this is partially explained by the fact that it is published by AICE.

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    Posted January 7, 2012

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