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Battle-ground: Fact and Fantasy in Palestine Paperback – 1 Sep 2002

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Productions (1 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929093135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929093130
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,372,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Key problems, conflicts, and decisions in Israel's past and present are analysed in this fully documented, dramatic history of the turbulent events that have shaped the crisis in the Middle East. From the questionable policies of the British, both in the Mandate era and in 1948, to the debate over the return of territories won in the Six-Day War and the war of attrition that spills over into the rest of the world, this book carefully examines Israel and its relationship to the rest of the Middle East as well as the rest of the world.

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I have a copy of the 1977 edition of Battleground by Samuel Katz.
But truth does not change. If something was true 30 years ago, 40 years ago, 100 years ago, it is still true today.
This treasure presents the truth clearly about the Arab-Israeli conflict and it's routes in a fascinating, illuminating, clear and compelling way.
It is more relevant than ever today, when the truth is becoming more and more obscured, in the hysterical outrage against the tiny Jewish State, that is shamefully and sickeningly becoming the norm.
Katz traces the close ties of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, for the last 4000 years, and how the Arab claim of being a people `driven from their homeland is a hoax'. However, as the ideological mentor of Palestinianism, Adolph Hitler, said, a lie if repeated oft enough becomes known as the truth. We certainly cannot rely on the anti-Israel hate-mongers in the world media, and leftwing academia to clarify what the reality is and has been, Their task has been to obscure the truth, and together with the United Nations, Red China, the Third world power blocs led by South Africa and Cuba, most of the EU, and the Islamic world are now saying as we read in verse 5 of Psalm/Tehillim 83, "Come, let us cut them off from being a nation, so that Israel's name will not be remembered anymore!"
Katz blows each myth and untruth which the enemies of Israel repeat, out of the water , one by one , until one becomes amazed at the clarity of the truth and outraged at the perfidy that is going on against the Jewish State , in her struggle for survival.
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talk about bending the truth well read "ORDE WINGATE & THE HISTORIANS "
this will show how official historians corrupt the truth now when looking up the so called official history it states to refer to "ORDE WINGATE & THE HISTORIANS" which is an amazing totally verified account of this amazing british Generals life & work.
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Samuel Katz provides an excellent service in describing, truthfully, how the Arab/Palestinian-Israeli conflict really began and just as importantly, why it continues.
It is so refreshing to be provided with an in-depth analysis of the bitter hostilities and a factual account that will destroy and tread underfoot the propaganda, the myths, distortions, fabrications and outright lies that have served to deceive the public at large of what the situation in the Middle East is really all about.
The descriptive and relevant title which includes 'Fact & Fantasy' can never be more appropriate than when dealing with an issue such as this, where the erosion of truth has occurred at a monumental rate in recent years, especially since the onset of the two 'Palestinian intifadas'in 1987.
I possess the second edition of this book with a foreword in 1977 by then Menachem Begin, the Prime Minister of Israel. He summarises his opinions of this book by stating "...we shall continue to use truth as a main weapon. I hope that this book will play an even larger part in spreading the truth than it has done in the past."
The British Sunday Times newspaper is also quoted in the introduction from an issue in 1972, "...On some occasions, deliberate lies have been devised to bury a truth that powerful people wanted hidden...."
I cannot but only agree with Menachem Begin's every word 'spoken' by the Sunday Times. When matters such as these come to the surface, people with integrity will want to know why this deceit exists, the agendas of those who would perpetrate these policies and above all the real truth behind the lies. This book serves that purpose !
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Typical zoinistic response to the interpretation of history. Read Dr. Gary Burge, "Whose Land? Whose Promise?" for a clearer understanding of the Biblical history.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about the Mid East 23 Dec. 2012
By GregG - Published on Amazon.com
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Samuel Katz takes a reasoned, historical, and accurate approach to the problems in Israel. Using recorded historical documents, he presents the real reasons behind the troubles. I won't go into them...I don't like reading reviews that rewrite the a book's contents, but I will say that it is a great read...with accurate info and good deductions. Better than Joan Peter's book, From Time Immemorial, another good book of facts and info, but rather a laborious read. Not this book. If you want to know and understand the Mid East situation, this book is a must!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars okay, let's face it. A hard read. Why? 30 Mar. 2014
By Concepts TR - Published on Amazon.com
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Because Israel came very close in having a country with enforceable borders and the ability to say to the world, we never left and are back for good.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Politically skewed history of the founding and development of Israel 16 Nov. 2014
By ElderBear - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a detailed but highly opinionated book. Much of what it purports to be history is propaganda. Many facts are misstated or omitted. It is worth reading for some of the older historical material but reading other histories covering the period from 1948 on is essential to obtain a more balanced viewpoint (recognizing that balance is difficult in dealing with this emotionally charged subject).
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and revealing read 2 May 2008
By Peter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
This excellent and highly readable narrative traces the origins and course of the Arab-Israeli conflict from the history of the Ottoman period, through the birth of Israel, the 1967 Six Day and 1973 Yom Kippur Wars. It places many problems in perspective, like the refugees on both sides, the origins of the dispute and the restoration of the land.

The most shocking revelation is the part played by the British Foreign Office throughout the 1920s up until the establishment of Israel in 1948. The role of the UK was highly ambiguous to say the least. Further disillusionment came in the revelations of the role of the US State Department, particularly the delay in sending assistance to Israel during the 1973 war.

It seems that Israel cannot really trust any other government to safeguard its people, not even allies. As played out in the 20th century the game of realpolitik shows that any state puts it own interests first.

The book demolishes many romantic myths, such as the so-called war of Arab liberation against the Ottoman Empire. In truth, no such thing ever occurred in any real sense and the myth of Lawrence of Arabia is thoroughly exposed for the fraud that it is.

Katz also documents the real cause of the conflict, which should be clear by now to the objective observer. It is not about land or about a Palestinian state, but about the destruction of Israel. He exposes the propaganda war against Israel in its various manifestations.

There was the one conducted by the Soviet Union until its collapse in the early 1990s, there is the one conducted by Liberal/Left media like the BBC (See The Resurgence of Anti-Semitism: Jews, Israel, and Liberal Opinion by Bernard Harrison) from the beginning, and there is the relentless campaign of hatred in the Arab media (See Peace: The Arabian Caricature of Anti-Semitic Imageryby Arieh Stav). And let's not forget the religious front, briliantly dissected by Paul Charles Merkley in Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel.

Western politicians and media have ignored this last one, so crass, so blatant and so downright evil, for many decades. In our Internet age, however it cannot be concealed anymore. The continuing bias against Israel is explored by Stephanie Gutmann in her book The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy.

Battleground does a tremendous job of providing the verifiable facts in a highly readable text. In reading this book, I once again realized that Israel is a miracle, established by the hand of Providence. Despite all the betrayals and broken promises, the olive tree was planted and is thriving.

And Zionism is the only one of the great ideological "isms" that was successful and bore good fruit. If it had not been for the many obstacles and betrayals, many of those who perished in the Holocaust would have found refuge in Israel. The book Auschwitz & the Allies by Martin Gilbert documents this shameful history in great detail. The enormity of the betrayal fills one with revulsion and despair.

But Israel has already become a blessing to the world, as shown in the book Israel in the World: Changing Lives Through Innovation, by Douglas and Helen Davis. For further understanding of the background to the conflict, I recommend The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini by Chuck Morse.

And for further disturbing revelations, this time relating to European policy towards Israel, the book Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye'or is essential reading. But there is no better book than Battleground to expose the lies, the distortions and the root causes of the conflict. The book concludes with indices of relevant documents, a bibliography and an index.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 May 2008
By Alyssa A. Lappen - Published on Amazon.com
Like the work of Arieh Avneri, Howard Sachar, Connor Cruise O'Brien, Efraim and Inari Karsh and Martin Kramer, Battleground is a magnificent piece of reporting on Middle East history, whose most salient facts revisionists have unfortunately papered over during the 29 years since it was first published.

This book recounts the beginnings of a 55-year Arab jihad war against the Jewish state. Katz elucidates critical parts of the historical puzzle, including this centerpiece: In 1919, less than two years after the Balfour Declaration, Emir Faisal of Syria and Iraq--who along with his father the Sharif Hussein of Mecca were then the only recognized Arab leaders in the world--declared the plan for a Jewish national homeland in all of Palestine as "moderate and proper."

The book shows that by international vote of the League of Nations at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, the world community adopted a plan to establish a Jewish National Home in Palestine--which included all of current day Israel and Transjordan.

One may here read that history, and the treaties between Chaim Weizmann and the Emir Faisal of Iraq, as well as letters supporting this plan by both he and his father, Sharif of Mecca.

For the record, this book cites a great deal of primary source material from Arab leaders themselves. Much of it, furthermore, contradicts current-day Arab sentiments and claims. As one Arab League leader admitted, for example, "everyone knows, Palestine does not exist."

Katz also shows that although the Paris League of Nations meeting accorded all of Palestine to the Jewish people, Britain unilaterally and illegally granted more than 80% of original Palestine to the Arabs, creating current day Jordan.

In short, Katz shows that the 1919 League of Nations vote to adopt the plan did not (as conventional wisdom now wrongly supposes) unilaterally impose a decision on the Arab peoples of the Middle East without their input. In fact, the League of Nations acted as direct result of a 1919 Arab treaty with Jewish leaders.

King Faisal's approval of plans for a National Home for the Jews was significant not least for its policy--and inclusion of current day Israel and all of current day Jordan. In 1919, the Emir Faisal wrote--and numerous scholarly, studies and population figures substantiate this point--there were few Arabs and many Jews in Palestine, and King Faisal saw the importance of recognizing the rights of the Jewish people to their homeland.

The book also shows that the Jewish people did not--as another common misconception holds--"steal" the land of Israel. On the contrary, beginning in the 1870s and 1880s, the Jewish Agency and many private groups and people purchased land (usually swamps and desert) from private absentee Arab landowners, often at wildly inflated prices.

Katz also carefully establishes the actual number of Arab refugees from the 1948 war against a nascent Israel that 7 Arab nations began in 1948. The correct number is 480,000, a number that Katz shows Arab leaders at the United Nations admitted at the time. Gradually, over the years, he also demonstrates, that number has been falsely inflated--a fact that even the United Nations admits. The "refugees" now include hundreds of thousands originally from other states, and their heirs.

Neither does Katz omit the nearly 1 million Jewish refugees booted from 22 Arab and Muslim lands between 1920 and 1978 with nothing but the shirts on their backs. (The dark motivations for mass ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Arab Middle East are exposed by Malka Hillel Shulewitz and Itamar Levin and Rachel Neiman in two books, The Forgotten Millions and Locked Doors.) Including the children and grandchildren of those Jewish refugees from Arab lands would raise their number today to more than 4 million, who together now account for more than half Israel's population.

And finally, Katz shows the central problem that has plagued Israeli-Arab relations since long before Israel was founded in 1948. Most Arab nations--from which the majority of people now known as Palestinian actually immigrated--have never recognized even the considerably reduced version of the Jewish state. Rather, they continue a permanent state of jihad war against non-Muslim infidels, rather than admit the Jewish people a right to self-determination, or a state governing the land in which Jewish inhabitants have remained since before the Romans sacked the second Temple in 70 A.D.

This book corrects reams of false propaganda that obscures the past and the Jewish right to a state in Israel.

--Alyssa A. Lappen
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