Fabricating Israeli history: the "new historians"
Frank Cass, 1997 - 210 עמודים
Israeli historiography has long been subjected to a sustained assault by self-styled 'new historians', vying to expose what they claim to be the distorted Zionist narrative of Israeli history and the Arab-Israeli conflict. They have cast Israel as the regional villain, bearing sole responsibility for the cycle of violence in the Middle East since 1946.
Fabricating Israeli History takes issue with these 'revisionists'. Through careful examination of the documentation that they have used, as well as of sources that the author believes they have either ignored or failed to trace, this book propounds that the historical facts tell a completely different story from the one they propagate. He suggests that, for the most part, the 'new historiography' has involved foul play. Numerous examples are studies in depth to illustrate the author's argument.
This is a thoroughly researched and detailed expose that will shock genuine students of history, politics and Middle Eastern affairs.
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In the words of Ilan Pappe (of the University of Haifa): 'Since nobody questions
the academic competence of the new ... Palestine awarded by the UN Partition
Resolution of 5 Ilan Papp£, A Lesson in New History', ibid., 24 June 1994, p. 54.
Including the Jerusalem Jews, the state would have at birth a population of about
one million, nearly 40 40 Ilan Papp£, The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, p.
98. See also Shlaim, Collusion, pp. 117-19: 'No less anomalous and scarcely ...
For his part, Ilan Pappe goes further than Shlaim in misrepresenting the record.
While Shlaim at least brings Danin's and Sasson's reports more or less in their
entirety (though keeping away Meir's own report), Papp£ makes no mention of