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Excellent diplomatic history,
This review is from: The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (Paperback)
Avi Shlaim has written a great book about the myths and realities of Israel's relationships with it's Arab neighbours governments.He's had access to many archives and shows that many mistakes were made by Israeli leaders in their analyses and responses to the Arab world.He also makes clear that crimes and mistakes were plentiful on bothe sides of the Arab-Israel dispute,there are no goodies or baddies in this history.
The strength of the book-the focus on diplomacy-is also it's weakness.As the Palestinians didn't have a government,and their organisations such as the PLO didn't have diplomatic ties with Israel till 1992,the first and most important casualties of the Arab-Israel conflict are largely invisible till the latter part of the book,ie until after 1970.
Still,well worth a read.