The Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities

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Drawing on recently declassified material, from Ben-Gurion's war diaries to the minutes of secret meetings, the author reconstructs the real events surrounding the founding of Israel, exposing many of the historical beliefs as propaganda myths that have misguided Israeli policy to this day.

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From Publishers Weekly:

The author of Zionism and the Palestinians, 19171947 offers a cogent, controversial analysis of Israel's propaganda structures and the policies of the crucial formative years between 1948 and 1952. Utilizing Ben-Gurion's war diaries and other government archives, Flapan, former director of Arab affairs of Israel's left-wing Mapam party, posits that the 1948 War of Independence was not an inevitability forced upon a helpless Israel. He maintains that the socialist Zionist leadershipwho accepted Ben-Gurion's view that the Jewish state should be demographically homogeneous and geographically as extensive as possiblenot only encouraged and executed the expulsion of Palestinian Arabs but thwarted the creation of a Palestinian Arab state through a secret agreement with Abdallah of Transjordan. The annexation of the territory allocated for a Palestinian state was to be a first step in achieving Abdallah's dream of a British-supported Greater Syria; and, according to Flapan, the Arab states aimed not at liquidating the Jewish state but at preventing the implementation of this agreement. This disturbing work bears witness to the futility, and unconscionability, of addressing political problems by military means. (August
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

With the assistance of the recently published War Diaries of former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Israeli and Palestinian unpublished materials, Flapan attempts to debunk a number of Israeli-held beliefs regarding the historical development of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Joining other Israeli revisionist historians (e.g., Tom Segev, l949: the first Israelis, LJ 2/1/86), he casts Ben Gurion as the villain, who sought not compromise with the Palestinians but unmitigated geographical aggrandizement. Flapan attacks as "myth" the belief that Israel was threatened by the massive Arab neighboring armies and that Palestinians voluntarily left their homes. Though bound to create controversy, this is essential for those interested in Middle Eastern history or the politics of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sanford R. Silverburg, Political Science Dept . , Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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