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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While ostensibly dealing with the 30-year-long record of intermittent covert
contacts between Transjordan's King Abdullah and the Zionist movement,
Shlaim's book effectively focuses on the short period between the run-up to the
1947-49 War ...
which renders Shlaim's collusion thesis hollow. There cannot be half an
agreement. Either there is one or there is none. The essence of an agreement,
both at the personal and at the collective levels, is an understanding that binds all
Since all Zionist efforts during the 1930s to reach an understanding with the
Palestinian leadership came to nought,9 and since there was no 'Palestinian
option' in the late 1940s - as Shlaim aptly notes10 - due to the extreme
fragmentation of ...