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The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict: Seventh Revised and Updated E [Paperback]

Walter Laqueur , Barry Rubin
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April 29 2008
An essential resource?completely revised and updated for the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of Israel

In print for forty years , The Israel-Arab Reader is a thorough and up-to-date guide to the continuing crisis in the Middle East. It covers the full spectrum of the Israel-Arab conflict?including a new chapter recounting the Gaza withdrawal, the Hamas election victory, and the Lebanon-Israel War. Featuring a new introduction that provides an overview of the past 115 years of conflict, and arranged chronologically and without bias, this comprehensive reference includes speeches, letters, articles, timelines, and reports dealing with all the major interests in the area.

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Walter Laqueur, a professor of history and an expert commentator on international affairs, has written and edited more than twenty-five books.
Barry Rubin is deputy director of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs. He has written many books on Middle East politics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
After looking at this issue for many years, one finds that trying to understand this problem by consulting the typical sources is unsatisfying. Often, various biases emerge either by injection of opinion, distortion due to ideology or religion, or simple omission of important facts. In other cases, the coverage lacks depth and offers only a superficial treatment of the situation. In the end, one is left to simply go back to primary sources and form one's own understanding. This book is an important and valuable resource for just that purpose. It covers the story of the state of Israel going all the way back to the beginnings of Zionism in 19th-century Europe. Key documents, organized chronologically, help to tell the story of the Israel-Arab question right up to the 21st century. If you are interested in a fact-based, documentary evidence-based study of this topic, I eagerly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Resource May 28 2009
This is undoubtedly a great book yet I wanted to share a couple of comments.

The style of the book is not what I expected, as there is minimal narration. This is a collection of primary documents that recounts the historical events from various perspectives, all of which I found to be of utmost relevance and appropriate (e.g. head's of states, organization, committees, UN documents, etc.). I think by doing this the editors/authors attempted to avoid bias. Of course by choosing what documents were to be included in the book represents some degree of biasness - however this is acknowledged (as in my opinion sufficiently justified) by the authors in the preface.

Another important thing: I would not recommend this book ON ITS OWN for those who are looking for an introduction to the Palestinian-Israel history. There are many important events which are virtually unmentioned (i.e. there are no documents referring to them), such as certain wars and assassinations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost the Perfect Reference July 9 2003
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I will not spend a lot of time writing about how valuable a reference this is - the other reviewers on this site have already more than done it justice. Aside from the relative lack of material on early Zionism (also pointed out by one of the other reviewers), this book has most if not all of the relevant documents. I have only one major criticism (the reason I gave the book four stars instead of 5): the almost complete lack of information about the original sources. Apart from a one-liner preceding each document, no information is given regarding 1) the citation of the original work, including page numbers, where appropriate; 2) the language in which the original work was written; 3) if the work was not written in English, credit for the translation, the date thereof, etc. While these may not be of interest to the casual reader, to anyone doing research in the field, if only for a college paper, these details are critical. Furthermore, in an area as controversial as the Arab-Israeli conflict, the ability to trace documents back to the original and verify translations is everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every UN Document April 7 2003
What else can be said about a book that contains every UN and League of Nations document about the Israel-Palestine conflict? It is a necessity as a reference for those engaged and a great book to learn about the conflict and its basic political evolution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book worthy of being called objective March 3 2003
If one is a previously biased reader, this book will doubtlessly contain some documents that are upsetting to read on grounds of including inciteful material. However, the only real criticism that I have is that the 3rd edition has several documents that are of interest to those seeking to research the early Mandatory period, such as documents by Ze'ev Jabotinsky, the Revisionist Zionist and ideological founder of the Irgun Zvai Leumi. It is understanable though, that as future editions come out the length could get phrohibitively long without pruning some data. As a basic and intermediate level documentary text it is one of the best I have come across.
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I write in relation to the sixth revised and updated version of this work. My purchase was based upon the recommendations of others here and I was certainly not disappointed with my acquisition of this book.
It really is a priceless reference and guide to the way in which the Middle East has taken shape and how the whole Arab-Israeli issue has developed since it's inception. Indeed, references are quoted with effect from 1882 through until the present day.
We are treated to a seemingly endless accurate list of letters, speeches, reports and articles from a considerable cross section of sources, both in the international arena and in the region itself. This latest version even contains sections on the Camp David negotiations and their subsequent failure in 2000/2001.
One is able to see from the direct quotes of the parties concerned, exactly what was said, and moreover in it's true context, making this an indisputably essential asset to understanding the conflicts and 'peace-making' in the region. This level of understanding is made accessible not only to the Camp David talks but also to virtually every other episode of significance relative to this ongoing issue throughout the many decades.
A highly recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent source of info
The book is simply a collection of documents on the Arab-Israeli conflict, dating back to the British Mandate in Palestine. Read more
Published on May 19 2002 by S. Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentation
This book presents an excellent overview of the major documents which shaped the Mideast conflict. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who likes to sift facts from fancy and... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2002 by E. Rodin MD
5.0 out of 5 stars The key documents
Anyone who wants a truly honest vision of the Arab-Israeli conflict should consider this excellent 580-page Reader, last updated in 2001. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2001 by Alyssa A. Lappen
5.0 out of 5 stars A key to understand the Middle East
From the Manifesto of the Bilu (1882) and Theodore Herzl's "Der Judenstaat" (The Jewish State) published in 1896, to Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yassir Arafat... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2000 by Luis Gallo
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource of primary documents
This is a tremendous resource for everyone interested in the Israel-Arab relationship. Nowhere else have so many primary documents been collected into one volume, complete with... Read more
Published on May 26 1998 by David Blewett
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best handy Middle East references
For any scholar or interested party in the Middle East conflict, this collection of primary source material is one of the best around although it can always afford to be updated. Read more
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