Sixty years after the birth of Israel, this fascinating and original book of essays brings together a number of the leading experts on Zionism and Israel to examine the domestic and international context of Israel's transition from community to state in 1948. With contributions on a wide range of historically important topics that are no less relevant now than they were six decades ago, the book examines how countries as diverse as France, the United States, Turkey, Britain and Ireland viewed the partition of Palestine in 1947 and the subsequent establishment of Israel in 1948. It also looks at the involvement of the UN, Zionist and Arab leaders in the events immediately preceding Israel's birth. While controversial issues such as the role of the Holocaust in the creation of Israel and the attitude of the Zionist movement to Palestinian Arabs, from its onset to the 1948 war, are examined in order to set the record straight after decades of mistaken and misleading research.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Israel Affairs.
Arabs and Jews in Palestine 1. On the Unspoken Principles of Herzlian Diplomacy and their Contemporary Relevance David Vital 2. Zionism and the Palestinians Efraim Karsh 3. Israel's Midwife: Golda Meir in the Closing Years of the British Mandate Meron Medzini 4. A Small Consolation for a Big Loss: King Abdallah and Jerusalem During the 1948 War Ronen Yitzhak 5. The Army of Sacred Jihad: An Army or Bands? Eliezer Tauber The International Context 6. On the Myth of the Connection Between the Holocaust and the Creation of Israel Evyatar Friesel 7. 'The Rhetoric of Reaction': British Arabists, Jewish Refugees and the Palestine Question Rory Miller 8. France and the Partition Plan: 1947-1948 Tsilla Herscho 9. 'Showdown in the Oval Office': 12 May 1948 in History Henry D. Fetter 10. Ralph Bunche and the Establishment of Israel Elad Ben-Dror 11. The Genesis of Turkish Views on Partition and Conciliation Howard A. Patten 12. Israel at Sixty: Some Reflections David Vital