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Fascinating bit of history,
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).
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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.
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