I wish I had time to write a more detailed review. I became curious about what was going on in Israel/Palestine late in life, even though this conflict has defined our lives for many years, what with the 1967 war, the terror acts committed by the radical wing of the Palestine liberation movement, the 1973 war, the Israel invasion and occupation of Lebanon in the 80s, the attack on Iraq, the Palestinian intifadas, the 2006 Israeli attacks on Lebanon, the 2008 Israeli attack on Gaza. It was the 2006 terror bombings of Lebanon while failing to defeat Hezbollah which the U. S. government (President and Congress members of both parties) was largely silent or muted about despite its elements of state terror. I looked for sources of knowledge that could be informative about how we got to that point and found no comprehensive history of the sources of that conflict until mention somewhere of this series of three volumes of which volume 3 is the most page-turning, since the greatest cascade of ominous and jarring events has occurred in the era (1967-2010) it covers. I consider it (speaking of the three volumes together) the most important book I have ever read because it describes so well and in such depth how we reached this extremely dangerous stage we are at now.
There are a few things that stood out for me (in addition to the great debunking of many familiar myths of propaganda that Israel hides behind such as that Israel was ever in danger of being "driven into the sea"):
That any notion that Israel is a democracy is just fiction. It is a militarist state in which its generals have throughout its history made the real decisions, and the elected civilian leaders including their lawless supreme court have then had to make policy and in their terms, "law" around these disastrous decisions that often resulted in war crimes.
That any detailed examination of Israel's history as this book renders, shows that a Zionist lobby or Israel lobby has effectively called the shots as to how first the British government the U. S. presidents and congress have made policy involving Palestine. Any denial of the existence of such a lobby from shortly after the Zionist movement began until now is rendered ridiculous by the facts of history detailed in this book.
That a desire for a Greater Israel, expressed by the very earliest fanatical Zionists has driven nearly every aggressive course of action Israel has taken under the guise of protecting itself. What's also astounding is that there has been a course of continuous one-upsmanship in ruthlessness in pursuit of expansionism from Israeli prime minister to prime minister well beyond the point where they had defeated all external enemies and arrived at internal subjugation of the Palestinians and so were in no real danger.
You'll read about the blood oath taken by top generals and security people in 1981 to never withdraw from the West Bank. And for me how subsequent events are evidence that Israeli actions could only be explainable by the existence of such an oath. How U. S. support for "Zionism right or wrong" and allied to that, U. S. support for corrupt Arab regimes which are seen by their citizens as puppets of Zionism's protector, the U.S. The slippery games played in the Camp David, Madrid and Oslo accords and later the Arafat/ Barak meetings in which the ultimate outcome from each of these meetings was betrayal of the intent of the meetings and the Palestinian people.
Against backdrop of the recent uprisings in the Arab world, the Epilogue reads like prophecy. And one fundamental point which has the weight of the voluminous history in the book of betrayal of the Palestinian and by extension the Arab people behind it is that this history of injustice which the United States has husbanded has been a recruiting tool for dangerous Islamic extremism, the threat of which looms over everyone, but which would likely as the author puts it, "die of natural causes" if we would only do what almost everyone in the world (save some politicos in both Israel and the U. S.) regards as just: the creation of at least a Palestinian State and better still, a single state that includes both Israelis and Palestinians. Even those already committed to Palestinian rights and those knowledgeable about the history of Zionism would benefit from reading this book because I don't know of a better source for understanding the entire picture.