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The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict

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Physical description: 580p.: 20cm. Subject: Jewish-Arab relations - History - 1917-1948 - Sources. Arab-Israeli conflict - Sources. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949. Israel-Arab Border Conflicts. Middle East - History - Sources. Other names: Laqueur, Walter. Rubin, Barry. Genre: Illustrated.
Paperback, Sixth Revised and Updated Edition, 580 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Penguin Putnam Inc. (first published 1969)
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Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic tool and should be added to the library of any serious student of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. It contains many of the most important documents in the ever-unfolding crisis.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-other, other
This collection of documents may help readers further understand the conflict between Israel and neighboring states; but as a stand alone resource it is a mess. Laqueur does provide (not always) a very bare bones introduction to each document. His introductions are good because he usually describes the author; but for readers not intimate with the material, Laqueur's comments do not go far enough in creating a background for each document.

As a collection of documents, it is...large. It seems in
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of our current hot-button issues that I needed to understand, and this compendium of speeches and historical documents and treaties blew the conflict wide open for me.

It's amazing and all too human how both sides dig in and fight from their trenches with such ferocity and blindness. Though it's hard not to point the finger at the English-speaking superpowers that put their nose, foot, and mouth into today's most intractable conflict (thus basically creating it).

In light of recent events in
Covey Mcallister
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of documents, speeches, letters, and articles relating to the creation of Israel and their resulting conflicts with Palestine until the 1980s. I found it thrilling and ended up watching hours of documentaries as a supplement on events that I knew little about. I liked the lack of commentary by the editors, would like to see a sequel through current times!
Ben Peters
May 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
For the serious student of the Middle East, a useful, almost essential compendium of defining documents, sources, speeches, letters, reports, timelines, and other inscribed moments stretching across more than the one hundred and twenty years of conflict. Of course, many of the documents themselves are second-hand or (in the case of ghost writers) third-hand accounts of the conflict. Of course, the volume is almost useless for the novice reader on the topic. Of course, it doesn't make sense of th ...more
Cathy Gulkin
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to become familiar with the background to the Israel/Palestine conflict. However, it is NOT completely balanced. Not one of the dozens of UN resolutions condemning Israel's continued occupation of and settlements in the West Bank and Gaza is included in this otherwise comprehensive tome. The authors have been honest that they have been trying to keep the size of the book to a reasonable length: it's now over 600 pages, however, including just on ...more
Michael Griswold
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depending on who you are, this is either one of the greatest books you've ever slogged through or the absolute cure for your rampet insomnia problem. When it says documentry history, it means it in the truest sense of the world as the book contains 620+ pages of every major document concearning the Arab-Israeli problem. You hear from multiple U.S. presidents, various leaders of Israel and representitives of the Palestinian people, and others on the longest conflict known to modern mankind. It do ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A finely curated collection of documents on the conflict that launched a thousand headlines. Once confronted with the shocking way Arabs speak of their opponents, very little remains to be said in their favor. It is, in fact, far more devastating to the Arab cause to hear them give their own opinions on the conflict, than to hear from their many apologists in the West. Arab sympathizers must be the only cheerleaders in the world who try to drown out their own team's voice.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been an eye-opening book with a simple format...... a presentation of many original documents, speeches, etc., from all sides of the Arab/Israeli conflict beginning with the earliest proposals for the establishment of Israel from the late 19th century all the way through the Reagan years. It definitely gives one an appreciation for the tremendous complexity of the whole situation.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Not actually a book, per se, but a reference manual with all the collected documents (speeches, UN resolutions, letters, etc) relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict, starting with the announcement by Britain of its intention to found a state for the Jewish people during WWI. Interesting, but required some additional background info to fill in the gaps.
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Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great reference book but a bit choppy for a straight read through. It will be a book that needs to be updated again in a few years based upon how current events unfold.
polygynous household with improper asset distribution spawns ethno-theological conflict for hundreds of years.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource for any journalist or writer, makes my life so much easier to have primary sources in one place. Yes there is google but I like books!
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Walter Ze'ev Laqueur was an American historian, journalist and political commentator. Laqueur was born in Breslau, Lower Silesia, Prussia (modern Wrocław, Poland), into a Jewish family. In 1938, he left Germany for the British Mandate of Palestine. His parents, who were unable to leave, became victims of the Holocaust.

Laqueur lived in Israel from 1938 to 1953. After one year at the Hebrew Universi

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