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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300172346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300172348
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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"'Ephraim Karsh's Palestine Betrayed tells in rich detail the story of the fall of the British Mandate and the rise of Israel, going a long way towards doing justice to the history at hand.' (Seth Frantzman, Jerusalem Post) 'A thoroughly researched, sound historical account of the struggles that ensued between the Jewish and Arab communities when the British decided to leave Palestine.' (Sol Schindler, Washington Times)"

About the Author

Efraim Karsh is professor and head of the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Programme, King's College London. His books include Islamic Imperialism: A History; The Arab-Israeli Conflict: The Palestine War, 1948; Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography; and Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1923. He lives in London.


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While the book is obviously written from a pro-Zionist viewpoint it has enough references and is sufficiently consistent to be generally convincing. Supporters of the Palestinian position as advanced by Hamas and Fatah need to specify how (if at all) the account set out here is incorrect because otherwise it is beyond doubt that it is not Israel but the leaders of the Arab world and those who followed them who are responsible for the plight of the "refugee" Arabs.
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Replete with references the Professor & Head of the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Programme at Kings College, London has provided an excellent, detailed, objective analysis of both the origins as well as the history surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In my own opinion this authoritative, timely and well written study is destined to become a classic in relation to this contentious subject. Those who have already embraced the revisionist history of the 'new historians' will probably want to give it a miss as the detail and depth of this work tends to blow their case completely out of the water.

Citing many documents which have been declassified over the past decade, both the Arab and Jewish perspectives of this conflict are addressed from the very start. The political/diplomatic manoeuvering of many prominent individuals on both sides and in the international arena are all given due reference.

Recent declassification of millions of documents from the era surrounding the British Mandate are shown to have been ignored or distorted by the 'new historians' in order to paint a picture that the author claims 'is completely at odds with the anti Israel caricature that is so often the order of the day'.

This compelling investigation makes it clear to the reader that Israel is being robbed of its political, historic and geographic legitimacy, whilst being made to appear to rob the Palestinians of the nation it never had.

At the outset the author draws attention to the differing positions of the then Jewish and Arab leadership leading up to the 1947 UN resolution calling for the partition of 'Palestine' into two independent states - Arab and Jewish - plus the internationalisation of Jerusalem.
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I'm far more sympathetic to the Israeli side than the "Palestinians" in the Middle-Eastern conflict, but Efraim Karsh definitely over-eggs his pudding here, in his account of the events preceding and during the creation of the state of Israel. Some of the British police and especially civil servants provide abundant ammunition for him (and Ernest Bevin comes out appallingly), although General Cunningham seems to have behaved pretty admirably.

The problems are exposed when Karsh refers to Jewish reprisals for Arab atrocities (rightly referred to as such). While Karsh correctly expends little effort in defending the irgun terrorist organisation, he does imply that Hagana's use of, for instance, car-bombings, was, by some arcane means, acceptable, in a way that the Arabs' use of car-bombings never could be. The reality is that a car-bombing is an intentionally indiscriminate way of killing, whether an Arab or a Jew sets the detonator. Today's Israelis would never use a car-bomb, for exactly that reason (well, a bomb in a car, perhaps, to kill a terrorist kingpin, but not a car as a bomb). Karsh certainly does demonstrate that the Jews/Israelis behaved, overall, far better than their opponents, but they still weren't entirely the paragons he would suggest. This is a fairly good book, but a distinctly slanted one, which would benefit from a less obvious bias.

This book is extremely well annotated. The fact that Efraim Karsh has mined a vast number of sources doesn't obviate what I have said above, but, even if one doesn't always draw the same conclusions as he does, he has provided his evidence. The Middle East might be a better place, if other writers followed his example.
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Efraim Karsh writes a learned account of the disputes in the Middle East, from the mid 19th Century till the Arab-Israel 1967 war and after, with a detailed blow by blow account of the 1947 Partition and the 1948 Arab-Israel war and its consquences.

Under Turkish rule until the Turks' defeat in the first world war, Palestine was inhabited by Arabs - Muslim, Christians, Druze - and by a significant minority of Jews, in largely separate but interacting communities. Under the British mandate that followed, intergroup rivalry and Arab nationalism grew, and the increasing Jewish immigration from post-Holocaust Europe alarmed the Arabs. Anti-Jewish sentiment was encouraged by neighboring Arab governments and inter-communal violence grew to the point at which Britain decided to withdraw from Palestine and the United Nations determined that Palestine should be partitioned into two parts - one Arab and one Jewish.

Karsh,using newly released documents from British, Israeli and Arab sources, gives a detailed and fascinating account of the period following the proposed partition. The Arabs, encouraged and supported by neighbouring states that - as Karsh reveals - had their own cynical agendas, promptly attacked the Jews and were thrown back. Israel was formed, Transjordan took over the West Bank to become Jordan and Palestinian Arabs missed their opportunity for statehood.

The tragedy of inter-Arab and Arab-Jewish relations in that period still impacts relations today. Karsh lets the documents speak for themselves. They illuminate a period of Middle East history and are an antidote to all the disengenous spin to which it has been and is still subject.

Highly recommended, a serious read.
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