The Arab-Israeli conflict provides the world with one of its most intractable and dangerous problems. This documentary analysis of the period, first published in 1970, from the First World War to 1968 will be welcomed by all those who seek an impartial understanding of the problem. The editors have gathered together documents ranging from official papers, original maps and a Palestine/Israel population graph to quotations from contemporary historians and observers. So far as possible the documents themselves are made to tell the dramatic story of Arab-Israel relations. But the editors also place them in the broader context of Middle Eastern history and indicate major points of interest. The conclusion analyses fundamental issues and an appendix contains questions which may be answered from a study of the documents, thus providing a useful basis for discussion.
1. Place and People 2. The Basic Argument 3. The Written Undertakings 4. The Peace Settlement 5. ‘Partition Means That Neither Will Get All It Wants’? 6. The UN and the Emergence of the State of Israel 7. An Early UN Attempt at Peace: The Conciliation Commission for Palestine 8. The Basis of Relations: The Armistice Regime 9. The Re-Entry of Russia 10. From Co-Existence to War 11. The Suez Peace 12. Arab unity and Israel, 1964-5 13. The Outbreak of War, 1967 14. The Arabs in Defeat 15. The UN Attempt at a Peace and the Israeli Nine-Point Peace Plan 16. Continuing Problems: Guerrilla Warfare, the Military Balance, Jerusalem, Refugees