Customer Review

25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating bit of history, 7 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Hardcover)
The sub-title is a bit misleading. The story is very much about the circumstances surrounding the very short statement (on the aspiration for a Jewish national homeland) from Balfour to Walter Rothschild, and the story ends there. That is certainly be part of story the origins of the dispute between Israelis and Arabs but it is course a long way from the whole story.

Even this small part of the story is immensely complex. Schneer does a great job working through those complexities and in describing the personalities involved. The conflict between British Zionists and assimilationists is well described, and it is fascinating to weigh their respective arguments with the benefit of 90 years of subsequent history. The British government's focus on Britain's interests (as it perceived them) is clear and understandable in the circumstances of WW1. British duplicity cetainly didn't discriminate between Jews and Arabs or factions within those groups - Britain deceived anyone and everyone if it felt it was in is interests to do so. (As one suspects every nation does, particularly at times of national emergency - no-one who has read this book would be much surprised by anything revealed from Wikileaks about how diplomacy works).
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 14 Jan 2015 20:37:53 GMT
Joseph D. says:
You might suggest supplementary material if you say that this book doesn't give the whole story.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.3 out of 5 stars (13 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (7)
4 star:
 (4)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
£25.00 £22.50
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: London

Top Reviewer Ranking: 211,725