By Benny Morris

This heritage of the foundational struggle within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, target, 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 factors and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the documents 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 production of the refugee challenge, which used to be a spinoff of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The booklet completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the USA, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris appears either at excessive politics and normal employees decision-making approaches and on the nitty-gritty of strive against within the successive battles that led to the emergence of the nation of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab global, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.


"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of scary 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 publication is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, bright creation to the historic tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday occasions 'Morris relates the tale of his new e-book soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and unstable event.' David Margolick, big apple instances e-book overview 'An bold, specified and interesting portrait of the battle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that additional shatters myths on either side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington put up booklet World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of historical past within the center East experiences division of Ben-Gurion collage, Israel. he's the major determine between Israel's "New Historians," who during the last twenty 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 start of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.

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The appointment of the AngloAmerican Committee (AAC) was announced on 13 November. The threat of an Anglo-American rupture was averted, and the Haganah briefly suspended its attacks to enable the inquiry to go forward in an atmosphere of relative calm. The twelve-man committee was instructed “to examine political, economic and social conditions in Palestine as they bear upon the problem of Jewish immigration and settlement therein” and “to examine the position of the Jews in those countries in Europe where they have been victims of Nazi and Fascist persecution, [to assess how they might be reintegrated in those countries,] .

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. 70 During February and March 1946 the committee studied the situation of the DPs in Europe, toured the Middle East, and heard out Arab and Zionist representatives and British officials. Some outside observers, such as the S TA K I N G C L A I M S 33 philo-Zionist South African prime minister Jan Smuts and Dr.

In the first months of World War II, Zionist organizations stepped up efforts to save European Jews from the impending massacre—and to strengthen the Yishuv by bringing them to Palestine—through an illegal immigration operation run mainly by the newly created Institute for Illegal Immigration (hamossad leGaliya bilti ligalit), a secret arm of the Haganah. The British countered with a Royal Navy cordon that intercepted the rickety steamers, and many were stopped and their passengers reshipped to detention camps in Mauritius and, later, Cyprus.

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