Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest

3.68 avg rating
( 25 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780802117588: Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A profile of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his role in the Middle East argues that Arafat is less interested in building a Palestinian state or in genuine peace with Israel than he is the destruction of the Israeli state.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Booklist:

In characterizing himself as "the most important person in the Middle-East equation," Yasir Arafat has not given all students of his life reason to rejoice. Far otherwise. The authors of these two books probing Arafat's unlikely career see in his status only a tragically diminished likelihood for regional peace.

In the shorter and more narrowly focused book, Karsh examines Arafat's dubious role in the Palestinian uprising (the al-Aqsa Intifada) that began in September 2000 and has greatly reduced the hopes for peace raised by the Oslo Accords of the 1990s. Adducing compelling evidence, Karsh depicts Arafat as the mastermind who planned the al-Aqsa Intifada--including the suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, and lynchings--long before he found it convenient to describe the orchestrated violence as a spontaneous national response to Ariel Sharon's pre-approved visit to Temple Mount. The al-Aqsa Intifada thus fits into a cynical larger strategy--which Karsh chillingly limns in Arafat's own words--for using peace negotiations as a temporary gambit in enlarging and solidifying the machinery necessary to destroy the state of Israel. Because most Palestinians want peace, Karsh does not blame them for their leader's perfidy. But he does blame Israeli leaders and the international community, accusing them of almost criminal naivete in affording Arafat repeated openings to work his black magic.

Sharp criticism of Israeli and international leaders also frames the much fuller portrait of Arafat offered by the Rubins. Like Karsh, the Rubins portray Arafat as treacherous, tracing his malign influence back much further than the al-Aqsa Intifada, marshalling compelling evidence of Arafat's complicity in numerous earlier atrocities, including the 1972 outrage at the Munich Olympics and the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro. But the Rubins also show how--for all his cunning--Arafat has repeatedly sabotaged his own projects through inexplicable arrogance and tactical foolishness. Yet even when he alienated most Arab leaders by applauding Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, Arafat managed--yet again--to survive. The Rubins attribute Arafat's staying power to his tyrannical control of all Palestinian institutions and his adept manipulation of Western credulity. Some will disagree with the authors' conclusions about their subject, but there can be no doubt that this "political biography" makes a strong and compelling case for its position. Bryce Christensen
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

From Publishers Weekly:

Middle East scholar Karsh (Fabricating Israeli History) makes a lively case that Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat never intended to fulfill any of his peace commitments, and has in fact "used `peace' as a strategic deception aimed at promoting the eternal goal of Israel's destruction." After sketching Arafat's pre-1993 history in a couple of chapters, the author focuses most of the book on the decade since the signing of the historic Oslo peace accords. In those years, he writes, inside the Palestinian territories, Arafat has "imposed an oppressive and corrupt regime in the worst tradition of Arab dictatorships." Outside, meanwhile, he has unleashed waves of violence on Israel, deliberately choosing to make violence "the defining characteristic of his rule." The author draws on Arabic, Hebrew and English-language sources to give what may be the most comprehensive account yet of certain events-like the Palestinian leadership's five years of maneuvering to avoid canceling, as promised, the parts of the Palestinian National Covenant that call for Israel's destruction. Karsh's conclusion is that both Arafat and his tainted Palestinian Authority must go. Many will disagree with the author, particularly because he appears to blame the failure of peace entirely on the Palestinian side, with almost no mention of Israeli settlement-building. But the book is well argued, fast-paced and engaging enough for those with a casual interest. Karsh, head of Mediterranean studies at King's College, University of London, has a stronger point of view than the Rubins, and covers recent events in greater detail.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780802141583: Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0802141587 ISBN 13:  9780802141583
Publisher: Grove Press, 2004
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Karsh, Efraim
Published by Grove Press
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Wonder Book
(Frederick, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Press. Condition: New. New dust jacket. Seller Inventory # T11A-00947

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Efraim Karsh
Published by Grove Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Aardvark Rare Books
(Bucknell, SHROP, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000093152

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 10.49
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Efraim Karsh
Published by Grove Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0802117589

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.49
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Efraim Karsh
Published by Grove Pr (2003)
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Pr, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0802117589

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Karsh, Efraim
Published by Grove Pr
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Pr. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0802117589 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0368488

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Efraim Karsh
Published by Grove Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0802117589 ISBN 13: 9780802117588
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Grove Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0802117589n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 93.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds