following are a list of books to consider to read in helping understand the
history of the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict; in addition to reading original
source documents and speaking to eyewitnesses.
blog extends the above bibliography with some links to google books and by
videos. Please feel welcome to add
your own suggestions and links.
This list is certainly limited and I certainly don’t agree with all
thoughts – but they are included as they are considered important to consider.
Benny Morris, The 1948 War, 2009
The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (1988)
The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited (2004)
1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War (2008)
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Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy, 2006
Oxford-trained historian who became Israeli Foreign Minister, Shlomo Ben-Ami
was a key figure in the Camp David negotiations and many other rounds of peace
talks, public and secret, with Palestinian and Arab officials. He offers here
an unflinching account of the Arab-Israeli conflict, informed by his firsthand
knowledge of the major characters and events...
highlights the many blunders on both sides, describing for instance how the
great victory of the Six Day War launched many Israelis on a misbegotten
"messianic" dream of controlling all the Biblical Jewish lands,
actually making the Palestinian problem much worse. In contrast, it has only
been when Israel has suffered setbacks that it has made moves towards peace.
The best hope for the region, he concludes, is to create an international
mandate in the Palestinian territories that would lead to the implementation of
Clinton's two-state peace parameters.
Avi Shalim on Gaza 2009
Video / Prof. Avi Shlaim: Settlements turned Israel into apartheid state, 23/11/2008
Israel at 60: What happened to the Zionsist dream?, The Institute of Ideas, Fora TV
Avner Yaniv, a political science lecturer at the University of Haifa
National security and democracy in Israel, 1992
Dilemmas of Security: Politics, Strategy, and the Israeli Experience in Lebanon,
1987 Maps. 355 pp. New York:
Oxford University Press
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