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on 29 March 2009
Michael Oren (between bouts in the Israeli Defence Forces disseminating the Israeli point of view for the media) has apparently written this majesterial and impartial history of the 1967 war. By strange coincidence it more or less absolves the Israelis from starting the war. Apparently they werent even interested in seizing territories it just kinda happened!

Having almost as many footnotes as Joan Peters ground breaking From Time Immemorial (ground breaking in the sense that Peters probably wished the ground would open up and swallow her after it was exposed as a fraud) Orens book has a veneer of academic respectability that is only slightly more plausible than Peters infamous fantasy. The author constantly selects the evidence to fit into his account of the war and ignores evidence that does not fit into his schema.

It is hardly suprising that a book such as this has been written by an admirer of Ariel Sharon; what is a little surprising is the wide spread acclaim for this book by people who ought to know better.

A far better history of the 1967 war is Jeremy Bowens Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East which gives a better picture of the reality of that war rather than the pseudo propaganda that Oren has manufactured.

Avoid, or at any rate read it metaphorically holding your nose.
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