Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations

Avi Shlaim

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With characteristic rigor and readability, Avi Shlaim reflects on a range of key issues, transformations and personalities in the Israel–Palestine conflict. From the 1917 Balfour Declaration to the 2008 invasion of Gaza, Israel and Palestine places current events in their proper historical perspective, and assesses the impact of key political and intellectual figures, including Yasir Arafat and Ariel Sharon, Edward Said and Benny Morris. It also re-examines the United States’ influential role in the conflict, and explores the many missed opportunities for peace and progress. Clear-eyed and meticulous, Israel and Palestine is an essential tool for understanding the fractured history and future prospects of the region.


Wonderful - Not often today do we find historians who are this honest and this bleak and this able to express truth so simply. -- Robert Fisk, Independent A valuable collection. -- Economist --Kirkus Best Book of the Year 2009

Everyone interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-general readers and academics alike-will want to consult this book. --Choice (Highly recommended)

Shlaim - provides a realpolitik reading of the history, demolishing the heroic and innocent image of Israel in its relations with the Palestinians --Foreign Affairs

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