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The road to Jerusalem : Glubb Pasha, Palestine and the Jews
Morris, Benny, 1948-
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London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : In the United States of America distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.
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297 pages : maps ; 25 cm.
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This book examines the personal vision of General Sir John Glubb, British pro-Consul in the Middle East and commander of the Arab Legion between 1936-1956. It offers the first in-depth account of Glubb's thinking and actions during 1948, as he led his small army into Palestine and war against Israel. His aims and actions, which lie at the very heart of the controversy between ""Old"" and ""New"" historians of the Arab-Israeli conflict, are carefully detailed using, for the first time, contemporary British, Arab Legion, and Israel Defence Forces intelligence sources.

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Benny Morris is Professor at Ben-Gurian University.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Morris is one of the leading figures of the "post-Zionist" school of history, challenging what he sees as untenable myths regarding Israel's nature and founding. He is best known for asserting, in The Birth of Palestinian Refugee Problem 1947-1949, that systematic dispossession of Palestine Arabs was, at the time of Israel's founding, a conscious Israeli policy. The second intifada has seemingly altered his views on Israeli culpability in the current political situation, as a recent series of colloquies between Morris and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, published in the New York Review of Books, makes clear, but this book continues his revisionist historical work. John Bagot Glubb, better known as Glubb Pasha, was a British officer who commanded Jordan's Arab Legion, the best Muslim fighting force in the Middle East, between 1936 and 1956. He has a corresponding reputation, fuelled by his post-retirement writings and speeches, as pro-Arab and anti-Israel, to the point of being seen as anti-Semitic. Morris makes sophisticated use of primary sources to present a more nuanced evaluation of Glubb as someone simultaneously loyal to the British government and the state of Jordan. He finds that Glubb accepted on pragmatic grounds the agreement King Abdullah made in principle with Israel's Golda Meir for the partitioning of Palestine. According to Morris, however, when Glubb and Abdullah entered the 1948 war, they did not seek the annihilation of Israel. Instead they waged limited war for limited objectives previously conceded by the Yishuv. Morris contends that Arab policy as a whole during the war followed on this action: it was designed to hurt the Jews, score domestic political points and compensate for Jordan's projected gains, but not to destroy Israel as a state. (Oct. 7) Forecast: Expect this book to generate national review coverage, and discussions of Morris's work in general. Since this book's orientation seemingly contradicts Morris's take on the current situation, expect a plethora of political weekly column inches devoted to finger pointing and calls for clarification a process that will itself make news. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Gen. Sir John Glubb was a highly significant figure in the Middle East during the 20th century. As the British proconsul in the region and commander of the Arab Legion between 1936 and 1956, General Glubb became a controversial soldier-politician as commander of a small Arab army against Israel during the 1948 war that led to the establishment of the Jewish state. In this highly original book, Morris, a prominent revisionist Israeli historian at Ben-Gurion University whose numerous publications have challenged many of the basic Israeli assumptions about the Arab-Israeli conflict and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, gives a thorough account of Glubb's ambiguous political agenda and his involvement in the early years of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Relying on British, Arab Legion, and Israeli Defense Forces intelligence sources, the author offers students and scholars of the Middle East an evenhanded, meticulously researched analysis of some of the important developments in the early phases of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries.-Nader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Glubb on Arabs and Jews
The Arab Revolt 1936-39
World War II and its Aftermath
The Road to Jerusalem
The Invasion
The Border Wars, 1949-1956
Conclusion (After 1956)