The Gaza Bombshell
By David Rose, Vanity Fair, April 2008
Rashid Khalid, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies & Director of the Middle East Institute, Columbia University.
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Avi Shlaim, professor of international studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford. He is one of the Israeli "New Historians" who revolutionized Israeli historiography by critically examining the nation's founding stories through a careful analysis of newly (in the 1980s) declassified Israeli government archives. Shlaim, a dual Israeli-British citizen from an Iraqi Jewish family, wrote the seminal book Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine in which he exposed the level of agreement between Abdullah I of Jordan and David Ben-Gurion over the quashing of Palestinian nationalism and a split of British Mandatory Palestine between the new state of Israel and the newly formed Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan.
A Somber Anniversary
By Avi Shlaim, The Nation (May 8, 2008)
Israelis approach the sixtieth anniversary of the establishment of their state in a subdued and somber mood. Israeli society is deeply divided, and there is no consensus on how to mark the milestone. On the one hand, Israel can boast some stunning successes: a democratic polity with universal suffrage; a highly developed, some might say overdeveloped, multiparty system; an independent judiciary; a vibrant cultural scene; progressive educational and health services; a high standard of living; and a per capita GDP almost the size of Britain's. .................
On the other hand, some failures can be noted. The most pronounced one has been the failure to resolve the conflict with the Arabs, which has accompanied the Zionist enterprise from the very beginning. That conflict involved neighboring Arab states, but in origin and in essence it was a clash between two movements for national liberation: the Jewish one and the Palestinian one. In 1948 the Zionist movement realized its aim of Jewish national self-determination in Palestine. Israel's War of Independence was the Palestinians' catastrophe, al-Nakba in Arabic. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
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