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A history of Israel
Bregman, Ahron.
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New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2003]

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xx, 320 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
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A History of Israel examines Israel's turbulent history from the first Zionist Congress of 1897 to the present day. Drawing on his considerable experience as historian and journalist, Ahron Bregman offers a balanced exploration of Israel's past in which the three principal driving themes of Jewish immigration, wars, and attempts to forge peace with Arabs and Palestinians combine into a single compelling narrative.New insights, revelations appearing in print for the first time, and portraits of Israeli leaders, past and present, are adeptly woven together with an overview of major events. This incisive book will be welcomed by all with an interest in the fascinating history of Israel.

Author Notes

Ahron Bregman was born in Israel and was an officer in the Israeli Army. He is the author of two previous books. He is currently Lecturer in History at Webster University, London, and also writes for national newspapers in both England and America.

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Booklist Review

This relatively short but comprehensive history of Israel begins with the launching of Zionism, the Jewish political movement for the establishment of a home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Bregman, a professor at Webster University, London, posits that, rather than the fulfillment of a biblical prophecy, it was harsh reality that led to the birth and development of Israel. The book contains some material published for the first time: extracts from a radio exchange between air control and Israeli pilots during the Six-Day War, for example, which shows that the Israelis realized that the ship they were bombing was American, but nevertheless went on to attack it. Bregman reveals the facts about an Egyptian spy who worked for the Mossad and who betrayed the Israelis, and he details the protocol of a secret meeting between Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's emissary in Morocco in 1977. Bregman takes into account all the major issues involving Israel's history. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. x
Prefacep. xi
1 The Road to Statehood, 1897-1947p. 1
Theodor Herzlp. 1
Eretz Yisraelp. 7
Palestine in the First World Warp. 13
The post-war periodp. 18
The British Mandatep. 21
The Arab Rebellion, 1936-39p. 27
Palestine in the Second World Warp. 33
Turning on the Britishp. 37
Partition and civil warp. 39
2 The Birth of Israel, 1948-1949p. 44
Friday, 14 May 1948p. 44
Warp. 47
End of war and the emergence of a democracyp. 59
3 Years of Consolidation, 1950-1966p. 70
Mass immigrationp. 70
Communal problemsp. 71
The economy in crisisp. 75
Tensions along the bordersp. 79
New leadershipp. 81
The politicization of the Holocaustp. 86
The 1956 Kadesh campaign and afterp. 88
Domestic issuesp. 93
The Lavon Affairp. 95
Germany againp. 98
Enter Levy Eshkolp. 100
4 The Six-Day War and Afterwards, 1967-1973p. 104
Descent to warp. 104
The waiting periodp. 110
Six days of warp. 116
The new societyp. 123
Snail's pace diplomacyp. 125
Enter Golda Meirp. 129
War of attritionp. 130
Golda and Anwar el-Sadatp. 134
Terrorism, immigration and riotsp. 136
5 Yom Kippur War and the Death of Labour, 1973-1977p. 139
Sadat prepares warp. 139
Israel stumbles into the trapp. 142
Invasionp. 151
Fighting backp. 154
Post-war: society and diplomacyp. 156
The Agranat reportp. 157
Enter Yitzhak Rabinp. 159
Enter Shimon Peresp. 165
6 Begin's Years, 1977-1983p. 168
Building a coalitionp. 168
First steps to peacep. 170
The home frontp. 176
Camp David and afterp. 183
'Tamuz 1'p. 191
A second Likud governmentp. 194
War in Lebanonp. 196
7 The Road to Peace, 1983-1991p. 205
Enter Yitzhak Shamirp. 205
Working Togetherp. 208
Intifadap. 215
Immigration and death of the coalitionp. 221
War and immigrationp. 227
The road to peacep. 230
The Madrid Peace Conferencep. 232
8 Peace and War, 1992 to Presentp. 236
Enter Yitzhak Rabinp. 236
Enter Benjamin Netanyahup. 254
Enter Ehud Barakp. 261
Enter Ariel Sharonp. 277
Appendix 1 The Dayan el-Tohami Protocol, 1977p. 287
Appendix 2 Draft Declaration of Principles, Israel-Syria, 1992p. 291
Notesp. 295
Further Readingp. 302
Indexp. 308