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Israel at fifty : five decades of struggle for peace : a diplomat's narrative
Raviv, Moshe.
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London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.
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xvi, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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An insider's view of the state of Israel, it's background, evolution and development, coloured by an insider's view of the outstanding men and women who formed it's leadership.

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Booklist Review

Raviv was Israel's ambassador to the U.K. from 1993 to 1997, and his career in the Israeli diplomatic service spanned more than 40 years, giving him access to almost all of Israel's leaders. His book is not a scholarly account of Israel's first 50 years but, rather, a "record of close observation and personal analysis by one who was fortunate to be intimately involved in the making and practice of Israel's diplomacy during four decades." Israel at Fifty therefore does not cover the whole spectrum of accomplishments and failures during this era, but concentrates on Israel's foreign relations and its quest for peace. Raviv discusses such subjects as the War of Independence, the Suez War and the nationalization of the Suez Canal, relations between Israel and Germany, the Six Day War and its consequences, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath, and the Camp David Accords. --George Cohen

Choice Review

Written by Israel's ambassador to Great Britain from 1993 to 1997, this diplomatic history of Israel as told by an insider holds few surprises for specialists in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Nevertheless, it is a solid summary of the Jewish state's relationship to the Arab world from its founding in 1948 to the present peace process. Raviv is particularly unsparing in his depiction of Yitzhak Shamir's efforts to retard the peace process during his tenure as prime minister. The author views the Six-Day War as a watershed in Israeli history, inasmuch as before the conflict a consensus on territorial boundaries existed on all sides of the political spectrum. This changed after the war when Israel unified Jerusalem, occupied the West Bank, and allowed for the building of settlements in areas with dense Palestinian populations. Orthodox Jews viewed the conquest of Judea and Sumaria as the beginning of God's plan for redemption, and Israeli nationalists, such as Shamir and Ariel Sharon, saw in the occupation the opportunity to expand the borders of Israel to its historic boundaries, thus fueling the current ideological (theological?) conflict over the peace process. To be read along with Uri Savir's The Process (CH, Jan'99). General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. J. Fischel Millersville University