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The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict: Seventh Revised and Updated E Paperback – Apr 29 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
The first, for example, runs from 1882 through the end of the British Mandate and includes 69 pages of writings, from the Bilu Group Manifesto, excerpts of Theodore Herzl's Jewish State and a 1905 French journal piece by Negib Azouri to the 1915 letter of Sir Henry McMahon to Hussein the Sherif of Mecca, the Peel Commission report, the US Special Committee on Palestine and the Partition Plan of the UN General Assembly.
The Third section runs from the Camp David Accords to Madrid, including statements from various commissions, the Arab League Jordanian Crown Prince Al-Hassan Bin Talal, and Lebanon and Israel's 1983 truce agreement. Also included is the Hamas charter, the Palestine National Council political resolution and declaration of independence of 1988 and Iraqi speech of Saddam Hussein as well as a 1991 U.S. letter of assurance to the Palestinians.
The Israel-Arab Reader's last section includes many Arab documents on Oslo and runs through 2001 statements by the Palestinian negotiating team and former President Bill Clinton.
It is hard to argue against reading important original documents, and forming your own opinion. Once you do, you will see many of the factors that have shaped the current Middle East as well as international and U.S. policy. Alyssa A. Lappen
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read more
What else can be said about a book that contains every UN and League of Nations document about the Israel-Palestine conflict? Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by Dustin Stein
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. Read morePublished on March 3 2003 by Aaron Eitan Meyer
The book is simply a collection of documents on the Arab-Israeli conflict, dating back to the British Mandate in Palestine. Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by S. Bowman
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 morePublished on Jan. 17 2002 by E. Rodin MD
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 morePublished on May 26 1998 by David Blewett