By Benny Morris
This background of the foundational warfare within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, aim, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally makes a speciality of the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the causes and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the information are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.
Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish neighborhood in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the construction of the refugee challenge, which used to be a spinoff of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the nice Powers—Britain, the USA, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris appears to be like either at excessive politics and normal employees decision-making methods and on the nitty-gritty of strive against within the successive battles that ended in the emergence of the kingdom of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab international, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.
"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of provoking either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of old fact merits as a lot admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence instructions sympathy... Morris's e-book is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, brilliant creation to the historic tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday instances 'Morris relates the tale of his new ebook soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and unstable event.' David Margolick, long island occasions ebook evaluate 'An bold, designated and fascinating portrait of the conflict itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that additional shatters myths on each side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington submit publication World"
About the Author
Benny Morris is professor of heritage within the center East reports division of Ben-Gurion college, Israel. he's the prime determine between Israel's "New Historians," who during the last 20 years have reshaped our knowing of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books contain Righteous sufferers: A heritage of the Zionist-Arab clash, 1881-2001; Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956; and The delivery of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.
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Boats were intercepted by the Royal Navy and their passengers interned. But others got through. Between August 1945 and 14 May 1948, some 70,700 illegals landed on Palestine’s shores. 67 As the leaders understood, Britain’s dilemma was stark: to stick to its guns and ﬂatly reject Truman’s “100,000” proposal would jeopardize the cornerstone of British foreign policy, the Anglo-American alliance—at a time when American goodwill was vital on a broad front of political, military, and economic issues (containing Soviet expansionism, keeping the British pound aﬂoat, and so on).
Crossman; Conservative Party MP Reginald E. Manningham-Buller; and Labour’s Lord Robert C. Morrison. In launching the committee, Bevin preempted its recommendations by publicly setting out Britain’s short- and long-term goals. ” After a time, an independent, Arabmajority state would be established. He warned the Jews not to push their way to “the head of the queue,” lest they trigger an anti-Semitic reaction. Meanwhile, Britain would curb Jewish immigration, imposing a ceiling of ﬁfteen hundred entry certiﬁcates a month.
Haj Amin now returned to the Middle East from his temporary refuge in France and began directing Palestinian Arab affairs from Cairo. 54 The Palestinian Arabs appeared once more to have a relatively uniﬁed, if not particularly representative, leadership. THE YISHUV RISES But viewed against this political shadowboxing, developments in the Zionist camp proved to be far more signiﬁcant. If the outbreak of the world war had put an almost immediate brake on Jewish resistance to the white pa- 28 S TA K I N G C L A I M S per, its approaching end opened the ﬂoodgates.
1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by Benny Morris