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Flapan, Simha

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ISBN 10: 039455888X / ISBN 13: 9780394558882
Published by Pantheon, New York, 1987

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Very slight edgewear, a little bit of shelfwear to DJ. Some very faint little speckles to top edge. Silver lettering to navy spine, gray boards with a small silver "S.F." to front board. Very clean, tight, bright. With six maps. 277 pp with notes and index. "In this ground-breaking and controversial history of the founding of Israel, noted Israeli scholar and peace activist Simha Flapan gives us the first true account of one of the most momentous political events of the century. Drawing on recently declassified material -- from Ben-Gurion's war diary to the minutes of secret meetings -- Flapan reconstructs the real event of that critical time. Eye-opening and bold, full of unsettling revelations, 'The Birth of Israel' offers fresh hope for understanding the tragic Arab-Israeli stalemate, and for moving towards a solution," (front flap). Propaganda and myths versus newly realized truth. NEAR FINE in Near Fine Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 68560

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Publisher: Pantheon, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: Stated First Edition.

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Drawing on recently declassified material, from Ben-Gurion's war diaries to the minutes of secret meetings, the author reconstructs the real events surrounding the founding of Israel, exposing many of the historical beliefs as propaganda myths that have misguided Israeli policy to this day

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The author of Zionism and the Palestinians, 19171947 offers a cogent, controversial analysis of Israel's propaganda structures and the policies of the crucial formative years between 1948 and 1952. Utilizing Ben-Gurion's war diaries and other government archives, Flapan, former director of Arab affairs of Israel's left-wing Mapam party, posits that the 1948 War of Independence was not an inevitability forced upon a helpless Israel. He maintains that the socialist Zionist leadershipwho accepted Ben-Gurion's view that the Jewish state should be demographically homogeneous and geographically as extensive as possiblenot only encouraged and executed the expulsion of Palestinian Arabs but thwarted the creation of a Palestinian Arab state through a secret agreement with Abdallah of Transjordan. The annexation of the territory allocated for a Palestinian state was to be a first step in achieving Abdallah's dream of a British-supported Greater Syria; and, according to Flapan, the Arab states aimed not at liquidating the Jewish state but at preventing the implementation of this agreement. This disturbing work bears witness to the futility, and unconscionability, of addressing political problems by military means. (August
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