Israel's Wars: A History since 1947

Israel's Wars: A History since 1947

Israel's Wars: A History since 1947

Israel's Wars: A History since 1947

Synopsis

During the 20th century, Israel has achieved notoriety, witnessing almost constant conflict and violence. Drawing on his experience as a historian, journalist and soldier, Ahron Bregman offers an account of Israel's wars in the 20th century.

Excerpt

When I wrote Israel’s Wars, in the late 1990s, my idea was to produce a relatively short volume which would provide a summary and evaluation of some five decades of Israeli-Arab wars. At that time - the post-Oslo era - my mood, like that of many others, was euphoric. I saw in Yitzhak Rabin’s handshakes, first with Yasser Arafat in 1993 and then with King Hussein of Jordan in 1994 historic events so powerful that they should, so I believed, in their symbolism alone, have put an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict. ‘Never’, I remember myself saying with much conviction in a lecture, ‘will anyone be able to turn this wheel back’. I was wrong - like many others - for the wheel has been indeed turned back and as this edition goes to print, the most famous land in history is yet again engulfed in flames, with Israelis and Palestinians fighting each other in a war of planes and tanks, sniper shooting and ambushes, suicide bombings and assassinations. The patterns of this cruel war, the so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada, have been shaped during its first year and although it is still in progress the picture is clear enough for us to chronicle the

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