By Benny Morris

This background of the foundational battle within the Arab-Israeli clash is groundbreaking, aim, and deeply revisionist. A riveting account of the army engagements, it additionally specializes in the war's political dimensions. Benny Morris probes the causes and goals of the protagonists at the foundation of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the data are nonetheless closed—is illuminated with the aid of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

Morris stresses the jihadi personality of the two-stage Arab attack at the Jewish group in Palestine. all through, he examines the dialectic among the war's army and political advancements and highlights the army impetus within the production of the refugee challenge, which was once a derivative of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The e-book completely investigates the function of the good Powers—Britain, the USA, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the clash and its tentative termination in 1949. Morris seems either at excessive politics and common employees decision-making procedures and on the nitty-gritty of strive against within the successive battles that led to the emergence of the nation of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab international, an embarrassment that underlies the continuing Arab antagonism towards Israel.

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"'Morris's account turns out admirable, simply because he's unafraid of scary either camps... His dedication to the pursuit of ancient fact merits as a lot admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence instructions sympathy... Morris's publication is not any mere army narrative, yet a crisp, shiny creation to the ancient tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday instances 'Morris relates the tale of his new e-book soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and unstable event.' David Margolick, long island occasions publication evaluate 'An bold, targeted and interesting portrait of the battle itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that additional shatters myths on either side of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington put up publication World"

About the Author

Benny Morris is professor of historical past within the heart East reviews division of Ben-Gurion college, Israel. he's the best determine between Israel's "New Historians," who during the last 20 years have reshaped our realizing of the Israeli-Arab clash. His books comprise Righteous sufferers: A background of the Zionist-Arab clash, 1881-2001; Israel's Border Wars, 1949-1956; and The delivery of the Palestinian Refugee challenge Revisited.

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33 There does at one stage seem to have been a certain concern to restore the link. Whatever credit oooascribes to the traditions regarding 'Abd al-Malik's attempt to divert the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock is an architecturally metropolitan building. 34 And against this suggestion of a pragmatic Umayyad attempt to bring the sanctuary to the high-priesthood can be set Ibn al-Zubayr's utopian determination to take the high-priesthood to the sanctuary. But thereafter the break was definitive.

The result was a felicity in the relationship of Zoroastrianism to the institutional heritage of its Canaanite milieu that is notably absent from Judaism. In the first place, Zoroastrianism lived in easy symbiosis with the Magian priesthood; and the Magi could contribute to the realisation of the national potential of Zoroastrianism in two ways. With regard to the external demarcation of the chosen people, the religious status of priestly genealogy aptly reinforced that of ethnic genealogy: the Aryans, in Canon Rawlinson's adaption of Eudemus, are those who have the Magi for their priests.

N. 'Salamioi'). Other renderings include 'Nabatcans' (Babylonian Talmud, Baba Batra, f. 56a, but the text is corrupt), 'Arabs' Gcrusalcm Talmud, Shebtit, f. 35b), and 'Jethro the proselyte' (pseudo-Jonathan to Num. 24 :u). Against this background, an identification with Rome or Persia is as out of place as one with the Arabs is apt. If the Kenite of the 'Secrets' represents the Arabs, what was the point of the identification? The exposition ofNum. 24:2 I advanced in the first sentence of the second passage is highly unfavourable to the Kenite.

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