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Battleground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine Paperback – Jan 1986

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Shapolsky Pub; Revised edition (Jan. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0933503032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0933503038
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,400,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
This excellent and highly readable narrative traces the origins and course of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the history of the Ottoman period, through the birth of Israel, the 1967 and Yom Kippur Wars. It places many problems in perspective, like the refugees on both sides, the origins of the dispute and the restoration of the land.
The most shocking revelation is the part played by the British Foreign Office throughout the 1920s up until the establishment of Israel in 1948. The role of the UK was highly ambiguous to say the least. Further disillusionment came in the revelations of the role of the US State Department, particularly the delay in sending assistance to Israel during the 1973 war.
It seems that Israel cannot really trust any other government to safeguard its people, not even allies. As played out in the 20th century the game of realpolitik shows that any state puts it own interests first.
The book demolishes many romantic myths, such as the so-called war of Arab liberation against the Ottoman Empire. In truth, no such thing ever occurred in any real sense and the myth of Lawrence of Arabia is thoroughly exposed for the fraud that it is.
Katz also documents the real cause of the conflict, which should be clear by now to the objective observer. It is not about land or about a Palestinian state, but about the destruction of Israel. He details the propaganda war against Israel in its various manifestations.
There was the one conducted by the Soviet Union until its collapse in the early 1990s, there is the one conducted by Liberal/Left media like the BBC and the New York Times from the beginning, and there is the relentless campaign of hatred in the Arab media.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Old But Accurate 21 Dec. 2000
By Alyssa A. Lappen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This, like the work of Joan Peters, is a magnificent piece of reporting on the real history of the Middle East conflict. But in the 27 years since it was published, that past has grown ever more faded in public and journalistic memory.
Supporting Israel and the facts is now so politically incorrect that a prominent newspaper website recently deleted a posting stating this important background: In 1922 the League of Nations adopted by international vote a plan to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine, which then included all of current day Israel and Transjordan. Shortly thereafter, Britain unilaterally and illegally granted more than 80% of that original Palestine to the Arabs, creating current day Jordan. And now, Israel is blamed for the plight of "refugees" that the Arab nations have exploited to the max in their 52-year war against the Jewish state.
Of many important pieces of the historical puzzle, the best is this: In 1919, less than two years after the Balfour Declaration, Emir Faisal of Syria and Iraq--then the only recognized Arab leader in the world--declared the plan "moderate and proper." One result was the 1922 League of Nations vote to adopt the plan.
King Faisal's approval of plans for a National Home for the Jews was no less significant because it encompassed all of current day Israel and all of current day Jordan. In 1919, there were very few Arabs and many Jews in Palestine, and King Faisal saw the importance of recognizing the rights of the Jewish people to their homeland.
Unfortunately, most Arab nations--from which most "Palestinians" actually immigrated--never recognized even the considerably reduced version of the Jewish state and still prefer a permanent state of war rather than admit Jews the right to their state governing places in which tens of thousands of Jews resided even after the Romans sacked the second Temple in 70 A.D. And why should they? Thanks to a largely uninformed press corps, they are winning a propaganda war that has all but wiped out the past, substituting instead a Kafkaesque fantasy.
The publishers should RUSH this book back into print! Alyssa A. Lappen
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Best non-fiction work on the subject 23 Oct. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Samuel Katz has written one of the most crucial compilations of the historical facts surrounding all of the issues relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. No-one can speak with authority on the issue without heeding to the eye opening facts revealed by Ktaz' extraordinary research and compelling penmanship.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS 19 May 2002
By Sam Dogi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Book was an excellent historical resource and an accurate compilation of historical facts. Verifiable sources are cited and facts are fully corroborated. One can imagine that most anti-Israel propagandists will be unnerved and thoroughly shaken by this book, as their ability to distort and disinform will be severly limited, or even eliminated. A truly unbiased student of history will appreciated this book. Anti-Zionists and ant-Semites will probably find an additional opportunity to spew their hatred and deceitful rhetoric regarding undeniable realities.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The most clear factbook on the current Arab-Jewish conflict 28 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is concise, interesting, and fully documented. This is a truly professional work, giving the reader the best, most accurate information on the Arab-Jewish conflict in moderen times. Most books on the subject are simply fiction...this is simply the facts.
7 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Weakened by selective ommissions and inaccuracies 8 April 2002
By Imad Shawa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The impact of this work is greatly undermined by its inaccuracies, so numerous that clearly cannot be listed here in full. An example is the notion that Jews represented a majority population in historic Palestine throughout the last few centuries. Another is that Arab and British propananda have been more greatly at work that Zionist propaganda in skewing international opinion surrounding the current conflict.
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