Palestine Betrayed

Palestine Betrayed

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by Efraim Karsh
     
 

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The 1947 UN resolution to partition Palestine irrevocably changed the political landscape of the Middle East, giving rise to six full-fledged wars between Arabs and Jews, countless armed clashes, blockades, and terrorism, as well as a profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. Its origins, and that of the wider Arab-Israeli conflict, are deeply rooted in

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The 1947 UN resolution to partition Palestine irrevocably changed the political landscape of the Middle East, giving rise to six full-fledged wars between Arabs and Jews, countless armed clashes, blockades, and terrorism, as well as a profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. Its origins, and that of the wider Arab-Israeli conflict, are deeply rooted in Jewish-Arab confrontation and appropriation in Palestine. But the isolated occasions of violence during the British Mandate era (1920–48) suggest that the majority of Palestinian Arabs yearned to live and thrive under peaceful coexistence with the evolving Jewish national enterprise. So what was the real cause of the breakdown in relations between the two communities?

In this brave and groundbreaking book, Efraim Karsh tells the story from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives. He argues that from the early 1920s onward, a corrupt and extremist leadership worked toward eliminating the Jewish national revival and protecting its own interests. Karsh has mined many of the Western, Soviet, UN, and Israeli documents declassified over the past decade, as well as unfamiliar Arab sources, to reveal what happened behind the scenes on both Palestinian and Jewish sides. It is an arresting story of delicate political and diplomatic maneuvering by leading figures—Ben Gurion, Hajj Amin Husseini, Abdel Rahman Azzam, King Abdullah, Bevin, and Truman —over the years leading up to partition, through the slide to war and its enduring consequences. Palestine Betrayed is vital reading for understanding the origin of disputes that remain crucial today.

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Editorial Reviews

Jewish Ideas Daily

“Basing itself on Arabic as well as Western, Soviet, UN, and Israeli sources, Karsh's is corrective history at its boldest and most thorough.”--Jewish Ideas Daily

National Review

“[A] tour de force. . . . With his customary in-depth archival research. . .clear presentation, and meticulous historical sensibility, Karsh argues. . . that Palestinians decided their own destiny and bear near-total responsibility for becoming refugees.”--Daniel Pipes, National Review

— Daniel Pipes

Washington Times

"A thoroughly researched, sound historical account of the struggles that ensued between the Jewish and Arab communities when the British decided to leave Palestine."--Sol Schindler, Washington Times

— Sol Schindler

Jerusalem Post

"Ephraim Karsh’s Palestine Betrayed tells in rich detail the story of the fall of the British Mandate and the rise of Israel, going a long way towards doing justice to the history at hand."

--Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post

— Seth Frantzman

Middle East Quarterly

"By relying on the available, original sources, Karsh stitches together a seemingly irrefutable case for the validity of the traditionalist narrative."--David Rodman

— David Rodman

American Historical Review

"The book makes an important contribution . . . to the scholarly and public debate on [the 1948 Arba-Israeli] war."—Hillel Cohen, American Historical Review

— Hillel Cohen

Choice

"[An] interesting study."—B. Rahimi, Choice

— B. Rahimi

David Vital

"A brave and exceedingly important piece of work."—David Vital, author of A People Apart

Howard Sachar

"With Isaiah Friedman, Efraim Karsh is the preeminent scholar-spokesman of the Revisionist (politically-rightist) Movement in Zionism. I consider this latest of Karsh's books, Palestine Betrayed, a work of meticulous, even exhaustive scholarship which must be taken with the greatest seriousness and respect by historians of diverse points of view. Indeed, any student of modern Israel will ignore at their peril its sheer cornucopia of factual revelations." - Howard Sachar

National Review - Daniel Pipes

“[A] tour de force. . . . With his customary in-depth archival research. . .clear presentation, and meticulous historical sensibility, Karsh argues. . . that Palestinians decided their own destiny and bear near-total responsibility for becoming refugees.”--Daniel Pipes, National Review

Washington Times - Sol Schindler

"A thoroughly researched, sound historical account of the struggles that ensued between the Jewish and Arab communities when the British decided to leave Palestine."--Sol Schindler, Washington Times
Jerusalem Post - Seth Frantzman

"Ephraim Karsh’s Palestine Betrayed tells in rich detail the story of the fall of the British Mandate and the rise of Israel, going a long way towards doing justice to the history at hand."
--Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post

Middle East Quarterly - David Rodman

"By relying on the available, original sources, Karsh stitches together a seemingly irrefutable case for the validity of the traditionalist narrative."--David Rodman
American Historical Review - Hillel Cohen

"The book makes an important contribution . . . to the scholarly and public debate on [the 1948 Arba-Israeli] war."—Hillel Cohen, American Historical Review
Choice - B. Rahimi

"[An] interesting study."—B. Rahimi, Choice
Jewish Observer of Central New York - Richard D. Wilkins

"An important contribution to the literature of this epic struggle."—Richard D. Wilkins, Jewish Observer of Central New York

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300169454
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
04/27/2010
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,241,916
File size:
2 MB

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