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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to Middle East conflict
Author:
Bard, Mitchell Geoffrey, 1959-
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxv, 470 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780028632612
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Book

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Summary

Summary

Describes the historical background of the region, looks at its wars and terrorist attacks, and recounts the intervention of Western nations.


Author Notes

Mitchell Bard, Ph.D., author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II and several works on Israeli-American relations, is the Executive Director of the nonprofit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) and a foreign policy analyst who lectures frequently on U.S.Middle East policy. Dr. Bard lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


Table of Contents

Part 1 In the Beginningp. 1
1 Who Cares About the Middle East?p. 3
Birthplace of Religionp. 4
Cradle of Civilizationp. 6
Lubricating Policyp. 7
Shifting Sandsp. 8
A New Plaguep. 8
The Genie Unleashedp. 9
Press Obsessionsp. 10
The "Arc of Silence"p. 11
Jews Are Newsp. 12
We Are Familyp. 13
The "Jewish Lobby"p. 13
It's Never Boringp. 14
The Arabs, the Israelis, and Morep. 14
2 The Chosen Peoplep. 17
The Long Way Homep. 18
Abraham's Covenantp. 19
Father of the Arabsp. 20
Israel Gets a Namep. 21
The Exodusp. 23
What a Bargainp. 25
From Subjects to Kingsp. 26
The Lost Tribesp. 28
The Last Jewish Kingp. 28
There Goes Another Empirep. 30
It's All Greek to the Jewsp. 31
The Jewish Hammerp. 32
Part 2 Religion and Politics Mixp. 35
3 Welcome to the Empirep. 37
Pharisees and Sadduceesp. 38
The Dead Sea Sectp. 39
A House Dividedp. 39
Caesar Comes Callingp. 41
The Destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Templep. 43
It Ain't Over Till It's Overp. 46
Life in Exilep. 47
The Rise of Christianityp. 48
Rome Gets Religionp. 49
4 The Crescent Moonp. 51
The Other Semitesp. 52
The "Last" Prophetp. 53
The Muslim Word Is Spreadp. 56
A New Dynasty Is Bornp. 58
The Abbasid Dynastyp. 60
Dhimmis: Protected but Not Equalp. 61
The Jews Have It Badp. 62
The Invadersp. 63
The Crusadesp. 63
Saladin Stakes His Claimp. 64
Bad Dinner Guests: Mamelukes and Mongolsp. 65
Ottomans Talk Turkeyp. 66
The Capitals of the Muslim Worldp. 67
Constantinople Becomes Istanbulp. 67
5 The Nationalist Wavep. 73
What Is Zionism?p. 74
Jewish Pioneersp. 75
L'Affaire Dreyfusp. 76
Herzl's Dreamp. 78
Room Enough for Both?p. 80
A Letter Fulfills a Dreamp. 81
If You Build It, They Will Comep. 82
The Arab Ambitionp. 82
Western Ideas Infect the Regionp. 83
Young Turksp. 85
Ferment in Arabiap. 87
The Arab Revoltp. 88
Searching for a Palestinian Identityp. 88
Part 3 The Great War's Spoilsp. 91
6 Trouble Brews in Palestinep. 93
Empire First, Freedom Laterp. 94
The New Pharaohp. 97
Jews Move from Farms to Citiesp. 99
Too Many Jews, Not Enough Spacep. 100
Culture Shockp. 102
Lawrence's Offspringp. 103
The First Arab Riotsp. 104
Meet the Muftip. 106
Riots Become an Arab Weaponp. 107
Churchill Tries White Outp. 107
Arab Pogromsp. 109
Jews Try Self-Defensep. 109
Papering Over the Conflictp. 110
7 This Land Is My Land, This Land Is Your Landp. 113
Jews Are Good for Arab Healthp. 114
A Bargain at Any Pricep. 115
The Arab Revoltp. 117
An A-Peeling Solution?p. 117
Brits Lose Their Patiencep. 120
Wingate's Warriorsp. 120
Jews Turn to Terrorp. 121
Britain Slams the Doorp. 122
8 Fighting Hitler and Great Britainp. 125
The Jewish Underground Railroadp. 126
Jews Join the Alliesp. 126
Growing Jewish Militancyp. 127
Zionists Draw Up the Biltmore Programp. 128
Palestinians Sit Out Warp. 129
The Jews Revoltp. 130
The Season of Jews' Discontentp. 131
Dissidents More Defiantp. 133
Competition for Landp. 135
Churchill's Loss Brings Hopep. 136
Brits Become Targetsp. 136
The King David Goes Boomp. 138
9 A State of Their Ownp. 141
Holocaust Survivors Seek Refugep. 142
Exodus: More Than a Moviep. 143
Terrorists Turn Up the Heatp. 145
The British Give In--Sort Ofp. 147
Unscopp. 148
The Final Strawp. 150
The UN Solutionp. 151
America Weighs Inp. 154
A Vote of Conscience--And Interestsp. 155
Two States, One Happy Peoplep. 156
Storm Clouds Gatherp. 157
10 The Jewish War of Independencep. 159
The Jewish Underground Surfacesp. 160
The End of Partitionp. 162
The Legend of Deir Yassinp. 163
Ambush!p. 164
Israel's Independence Dayp. 165
Five Against Onep. 166
The American Generalp. 166
The Search for Gunsp. 168
No War, No Peacep. 169
Part 4 A State for the Jewsp. 171
11 The Wanted and the Unwantedp. 173
Fleeing the Warp. 174
The Invasion Starts an Emigration Floodp. 176
Jews Flee Arab Landsp. 179
What to Do About Refugees?p. 180
Israel's Attitude Toward Refugeesp. 182
Arab Attitudes Toward Refugeesp. 183
12 We've Got a State--Now What?p. 185
The Decline of Imperialismp. 186
Arabia Becomes Saudip. 188
The Last Egyptian Kingp. 190
The Boy Kingp. 191
Israel's Complex Democracyp. 193
The Law of Returnp. 194
The Jews Come Homep. 195
No Pepsi for Youp. 197
13 War over Suezp. 201
A Not-So-Colossal Agreement at Rhodesp. 202
Israelis Miss Trumanp. 202
Nasser Leaves Israelis in Dry Dockp. 203
The U.S. Can't Contain Itselfp. 203
NATO Shmatop. 204
Dam Itp. 205
Back to the Desertp. 208
Ike Puts His Foot Down--On Israelp. 209
U.S.'s Turn to Fightp. 210
Part 5 War and Peacep. 213
14 Six Days to Victoryp. 215
HAWKs Fly Eastp. 215
Kennedy's Peace Initiativep. 217
Flirting with Nasserp. 218
Israel Says "Tanks"p. 219
Egypt's Vietnamp. 221
The Birth of the PLOp. 221
Terror from the Heightsp. 223
Countdown to Warp. 225
Nasser Defiantp. 226
Israel Goes It Alonep. 226
Jerusalem Reunitedp. 228
A Second Exodusp. 229
The World Is Stunnedp. 229
15 No War, No Peacep. 231
The Arabs Say No, No, Nop. 232
Resolution 242p. 232
Israel's Obligations to the Palestiniansp. 234
The Geography of Peacep. 235
New President, New Peace Planp. 236
The War of Attritionp. 237
The Unfriendly Skiesp. 238
Black Septemberp. 240
The Year of Decisionp. 242
An Olympic Bloodbathp. 242
16 Israel's Day of Infamyp. 245
Sadat Cries Wolfp. 246
Golda's Fateful Decisionp. 246
Unholy Warp. 247
Oil Becomes a Weaponp. 248
The IDF Stages a Comebackp. 250
Superpower Chessp. 250
The View from Egyptp. 251
The Brink of Nuclear Warp. 252
Saving the Losersp. 252
Israel's Political Earthquakep. 254
The PLO Goes Legitp. 255
Redemption at Entebbep. 257
War Outside Palestinep. 258
Iran-Iraq Hatreds Revivedp. 259
Lebanon Goes to Piecesp. 260
Hussein Survives Againp. 261
17 Peace at Lastp. 263
Allon Is Alone with His Planp. 264
Carter's Messianismp. 265
Checks Bounce Rabinp. 266
Begin's Inp. 266
Jimmy Looks Toward Switzerlandp. 267
Courting Sadatp. 267
Sadat Goes to Jerusalemp. 268
Begin Plants a Seed in Palestinep. 269
Those Pesky Settlementsp. 270
Oil Blackmailp. 271
Israel's Slippery Slopep. 272
Camping with Jimmyp. 272
Breakthrough!p. 274
A Treaty, at Lastp. 276
The Meaning of Peacep. 277
Running Out of Steamp. 279
18 Holy Warriorsp. 281
Pahlavi Powerp. 282
America's Security Blanketp. 283
Change Comes from Plainsp. 285
A Clerical Errorp. 286
The Shah Fleesp. 286
Saudi Arabia Feels the Heatp. 287
America Held Hostagep. 288
Expanding the Soviet Unionp. 290
Time to Actp. 291
Khomeini Defeats Carterp. 294
The Final Actp. 294
19 Iran and Iraq Go to Warp. 297
Wrangling on the Riverp. 298
Muslim Versus Muslimp. 298
Rivals for Powerp. 299
Allies Choose Sidesp. 299
Rooting for a Drawp. 300
Tanker Warsp. 301
Arms for Hostagesp. 302
Kuwait as Middlemanp. 303
Melee in Meccap. 304
The "Final" Battlep. 304
No Victorsp. 305
20 Israel's Vietnamp. 307
Settling the Landp. 308
Reagan Versus Beginp. 308
Iraq's Reactor Goes Boom!p. 310
Reagan's Love Is Testedp. 311
The Sphinx Criesp. 312
PLO Tyranny in Lebanonp. 313
The Terrorist Armyp. 314
Sharon Unleashedp. 315
The PLO's Reluctant Retreatp. 316
Part 6 Inching Toward Peacep. 319
21 Sticks and Stones and Breaking Bonesp. 321
Reagan Has a Planp. 322
Massacres at Sabra and Shatilap. 322
Israelis Grow War Wearyp. 323
America Gets Sucked Inp. 325
The End of Beginp. 326
Peace Goes Overboardp. 326
Black Jews Come Homep. 327
The Palestinians Rise Upp. 329
America Recognizes the PLOp. 331
Shamir's Four Pointsp. 332
22 Saddam Crosses the Linep. 335
Bush Plays Alongp. 336
Believing the Unbelievablep. 336
Oil Slips Through Saddam's Fingersp. 337
A Line in the Sandp. 338
Build-Up to Warp. 339
From Shield to Stormp. 341
Thunder and Lightningp. 342
Israel Under Firep. 343
The PLO Backs Saddamp. 345
Saddam's Mother Cries Unclep. 346
Israel Wins--And Losesp. 349
A War Too Shortp. 351
From Desert Storm to Desert Foxp. 352
23 Bush Turns the Screwsp. 355
Baker's Confabp. 356
The Historic Madrid Conferencep. 357
Where to Next?p. 359
Jews Tear Through the Iron Curtainp. 360
Operation Solomonp. 361
Rabin the Phoenixp. 362
Terror Strikes Homep. 363
Israel Bites the PLO Bulletp. 363
Explaining the Sea Changep. 366
Arafat Loses a Friendp. 368
A Bird in Handp. 368
Part 7 Why Can't We All Get Along?p. 371
24 The Oldest City's New Rulersp. 373
Chipping In for Peacep. 374
Talk Is Cheapp. 375
The Slippery Slope Toward Statehoodp. 376
Stimulating the Arab Statesp. 377
The Economic War Continuesp. 379
A Jewish Extremist Sets Off More Violencep. 379
Gaza and Jericho Firstp. 380
Syria Doesn't Budgep. 381
Big Day for the Little Kingp. 382
Oslo IIp. 383
Rabin Turns a Blind Eyep. 385
25 The Shot Heard 'Round the Worldp. 387
The Unthinkable Happensp. 388
Assad Overplays His Handp. 390
Stopping Peace in Its Tracksp. 391
Israel Turns Rightp. 393
The 13 Percent Solutionp. 395
Clinton Asks Wye Not?p. 396
Arafat's Dream Approaches Realityp. 397
Clinton Fails to Outfox Saddamp. 399
26 O Jerusalem!p. 403
If I Forget Theep. 404
A City Dividedp. 405
Jerusalem is Unifiedp. 407
Freedom of Religionp. 407
Arab East Jerusalem?p. 409
Religion and Politics Mixp. 410
Congress Versus the Presidentp. 411
27 Waiting for the Messiahp. 415
No End to Fanaticismp. 416
Palestine: So Close, Yet So Farp. 417
Stuck in the Lebanese Quagmirep. 418
Still Waiting for Syriap. 419
Uncertainty on the East Bankp. 420
Cold Peacep. 421
The Oil Weapon Is Sheathedp. 422
Thirst for Warp. 422
Armageddon?p. 424
Peace in Our Time?p. 426
Glossaryp. 429
Appendixes
A Timeline of Middle East Historyp. 437
B Bibliographyp. 445
C The Military Balancep. 457
Indexp. 459

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