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By Benny Morris

This background of the foundational struggle within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, target, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally specializes in 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 files 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 group 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 was once a derivative of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The ebook completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the U.S., and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems either at excessive politics and common employees decision-making procedures 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 scary either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of ancient 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, vibrant creation to the old tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday occasions 'Morris relates the tale of his new ebook soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and risky event.' David Margolick, big apple occasions publication evaluation 'An formidable, particular and interesting portrait of the struggle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that extra shatters myths on each side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington put up booklet World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of heritage within the center East reports division of Ben-Gurion college, Israel. he's the major determine between Israel's "New Historians," who over the last 20 years have reshaped our knowing of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books comprise Righteous sufferers: A historical past 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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Abdallah b. Tihir in Baghdad; he then served as one of `Ubaydallah 's commanders. See Tabari, III, 1664-68. 61. Built by the Caliph al-Mangur, this prison is located by Le Strange in the southern part of the Round City at the intersection of roads leading to the al -Bagrah and alKufah Gates . Le Strange, Baghdad, 27. 6z. This prison, also built by al-Mangur, was located by the Syrian Cate of the Round City. Le Strange, Baghdad, 13o. 63. /israyn. From the use of this expression and from an earlier context (see Tabari, III, r663 - 64), it is possible to suggest that there existed a double pontoon bridge in Baghdad, even before the one known to have been erected in the mid-eleventh century.

The man fetched an ax and commenced piercing the walls with it, searching for a place where the money might be hidden . He continued exploring in this fashion until the ax struck a spot in the wall that, by the sound it made, indicated that something was concealed there . By demolishing the wall, a door was revealed behind it. We opened it and entered . It led to a tunnel, and we found ourselves in a chamber built 28. Safdtij. z9. See Tabari, 111, 1709, for slightly different details of these events.

The passage is translated in Popovic, Rdvolte, 73. See also Popovic 's article, "Quelques renseignements inddits concemant le maitre de Zanj, `Ali b. Muhammad ," Arabica, XII/s, 1965, 175-87.

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