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1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War by [Morris, Prof. Benny]
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'This is the best book by far on the war of 1948.' --Benjamin Kedar, The Hebrew University

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'Morris relates the story of his new book soberly and sombrely, even-handedly and exhaustively.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7005 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (21 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PO59EM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,613 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't wish to begin my review by trashing the previous one so better to start by agreeing that 1948 is an excellent book, but not for the reasons stated of putting Israel in the dock. Just the opposite. The newly established israeli army fought a desperate battle to prevent arabs in Palestine from falling upon the jewish communities there and slaughtering them (10% of the army were killed during the war, definitely not fitting in with the usual mantra of israelis supposedly falling on the defenceless Palestine arab victims).
Haj Amin el Husseini the recognised leader of arabs in Palestine made no bones about this being a war of anihilation against the jews (he could be believed as he along with his top commanders had set up the Nazi Bosnian SS division that massacred thousands of jews and partisans alike:
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likewise the head of the Arab League Azzam Pasha who said about the war, "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades".
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Israel's defence forces might (like all other armies) have at times done some pretty unpleasant things in defending itself. But it was fighting firstly against murderous and uprovoked attacks by palestinian irregular forces and then against an invasion by 5 arab armies armed, supplied and in part led by officers of the British imperial army (The British Army never did have an investigation into its officers, nominally under the command of Jordan (under 'Jordanian' general Glubb Pasha) firing artillery point blank and indiscriminately into jewish civilian areas from the heights over Jerusalem).
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This is an absolutely brilliant piece of history, which completely changed my view of the Palestine/Israel situation. I confess I chose this book because it was written by an Israeli scholar, so I was very impressed indeed by the dispassion with which Benny Morris recounts the pre-history and history of the Arab/Israeli conflict. It is very clearly written and is obviously based on a thorough knowledge of the sources (though I guess most of these are Israeli). Not to put too fine a point on it, it puts Israel and its army firmly in the dock, but with no easy way out, given the nature of the surrounding, hostile countries. It underlines the supreme relevance of, but gives no encouragement to, the phrase "blessed are the peacemakers". A total must for anyone who wants to get as near to a dispassionate account as you are likely to get.
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Got it as a present they liked it very much.
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The book is a wonderful account of the 1948 war. It is very informative and a must read one. I really appreciate the way Benny Morris has accounted the beginning of the struggle to form the newly blossomed state of Israel.
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