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The Iron Wall By Avi Shlaim

The Iron Wall
by Avi Shlaim

In the 1920s, hard-line Zionists developed the doctrine of the 'Iron Wall': negotiations with the Arabs must always be from a position of military strength, and only when sufficiently strong Israel would be able to make peace with her Arab neighbours. This title offers an account of the modern world's most intractable conflict.
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The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World by Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim's The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World is a fresh and informed account of the modern world's most intractable conflict. In the 1920s, hard-line Zionists developed the doctrine of the 'Iron Wall': negotiations with the Arabs must always be from a position of military strength, and only when sufficiently strong Israel would be able to make peace with her Arab neighbours. This doctrine, argues Avi Shlaim, became central to Israeli policy; dissenters were marginalized and many opportunities to reconcile with Palestinian Arabs were lost. Drawing on a great deal of new material and interviews with many key participants, Shlaim places Israel's political and military actions under and uncompromising lens. His analysis will bring scant comfort to partisans on both sides, but it will be required reading for anyone interested in this fascinating and troubled region of the world. 'The Iron Wall is strikingly fair-minded, scholarly, cogently reasoned and makes enthralling ... reading' Philip Ziegler, Daily Telegraph 'Anyone wanting to understand the modern Middle East should start by reading this elegantly written and scrupulously researched book' Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald 'A milestone in modern scholarship of the Middle East' Edward Said 'Fascinating ... Shlaim presents compelling evidence for a revaluation of traditional Israeli history' Ethan Bronner, The New York Times Book Review Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations at St. Antony's College, Oxford. His previous books include Collusion Across the Jordan (1988) and War and Peace in the Middle East (1995).

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About Avi Shlaim


Avi Shlaim is Professor of International Relations at St. Antony's College, Oxford. His previous books include COLLUSION ACROSS THE JORDAN (1988) and WAR AND PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST (1995).

Table of Contents


The emergence of Israel 1947-1949; consolidation 1949-1953; attempts at accommodation 1953-1955; the road to Suez 1955-1957; the alliance of the periphery 1957-1963; poor little Samson 1963-1969; immobilism 1969-1974; disengagement 1974-1977; peace with Egypt 1977-1981; the Lebanese quagmire 1981-1984; political paralysis 1984-1988; stonewalling 1988-1992; the breakthrough 1992-1995; the setback 1995-1996; back to the iron wall 1996-1998.

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GOR001243384
The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World by Avi Shlaim
Avi Shlaim
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2001-02-12
704
0140288708
9780140288704
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