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5.0 out of 5 stars He that owns the land..., 26 May 2006
This review is from: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Paperback)
There doesn't seem top be anything else to say after reading this account from all sides involved. Even with all the hyperbole one can think of the momentous effects of thge Six day war do, as Oren states, still linger with us. As he puts it, now in the 21st Century it really is still too early to say what all these effects are.

It appears tzhat no stone is left unturned in this accouint, from Arafat instigating bombing personally against Israeli water supplies, to the build up of Arab forces under Nasser, to the sidelined super-powers watching on; all the tension of Israel's pre-emptive strike is relayed compulsively. the politicians are handled fairly, from the confused Johnson, unready Eshkol and the unbalanced Nasser, it seems that Oren has looked at all sides, not just his own admittedly Jewish.

The triumph is celebrated here in the same unsure way that the Israeli's did in 1967, overwhelmed with how much they had achieved against massive opposing forces from 5 nations, and surprised by how much territory lay in their hands. just how the Arab nations broke apart is detailed well, but still one over-arching aspect is missing. the spiritual side of the victory is left unsaid, in a secularised vacuum. Oren would have done well to quote from Nehemiah 2, verse 20, when Nehemiah spaeks to Geshem the Arab: "the God of heaven will give us success. We His servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it."
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2009 16:18:06 BDT
S Wood says:
Doesnt say much for spiritualism (or your spiritualism at any rate) if the best it can come up with is some musty old quote that exludes the people who have lived in the land for hundreds upon hundreds of years.

Also - has it ever occurred to you that Oren being a publicist for the Israeli "Defence" Forces is perhaps not the most impartial person to write a history of the 1967 war, and indeed his account is basically the same apologetics for it that have been common currency in Zionist circles for 40 odd years? Oren may indeed have looked at all sides, but from a basically Zionist vantage point. Read Jeremy Bowens far better book "Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East" which benefits from an the point of view of an outsider looking in.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2010 10:26:25 BDT
E. Fynes says:
I would ignore s wood's comments about the book as it is clear that he has not read the book himself.

He admitted that he had not read the book "all the way "and that his review was sloppy and hasted.

His so called review is motivated by a deep hatred to the "Zionist-entity" and demonstrates a breathtaking lack on knowledge about the six days war.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2010 14:42:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2010 14:42:52 BDT
S Wood says:
Well not quite. I admitted that there was an incorrect statement in the review (see the copious comments on my review for the full story!). The rest of the review I stand by.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Sep 2010 11:44:04 BDT
E. Fynes says:
"The rest of the review I stand by"

but he can't quote the book for love or money.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2010 14:31:54 BDT
S Wood says:
E.Fynes - you can't even quote without distorting what I say when it is in front of your eyes, and you lambast me for not being able to quote a book I haven't laid eyes on for 18 months.

The word hypocrit springs to mind.
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