Occupied Territories: The Untold Story of Israel's Settlements

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I.B.Tauris, 2006 - Colons - 454 pages
In the fog of the 1967 war and its aftermath, Israel's generals and politicians took a series of fateful decisions that led to a bloody, bitter and seemingly endless occupation of Arab lands. Gershom Gorenberg takes us behind the scenes of history to glimpse those decisions being made. He reveals for the first time the motivation, influences and strategies of key players such as Yigal Allon, Moshe Dayan and Golda Meir. He shows how Labour politicians allowed themselves to be persuaded by a mixture of political convenience, military alarmism and religious fanaticism in to allowing settlements to develop in the occupied territories, despite being fully aware that this contravened international law. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's eviction of Jewish settlers from Gaza in 2004 has shown that it is possible for the Israeli government to confront the settler movement. and further evacuations have been mooted. But the issue is a divisive one: all the passions, ambitions and political alliances which gave rise to Israel's pursuit of 'The Whole Land', from the Mediterranean to the Jordan Valley, remain potent forces.Gorenberg's book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand not only the occupation, but the mindset of the occupiers.
 

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Contents

North from Jerusalem i
1
The Avalanche
7
Creating Facts
42
Silent Cowboys on the New Frontier
72
Settling In
99
Changing of the Guard
163
The Reign of Hubris
187
All Quiet on the Suez Front
220
Confrontation
280
Last Train to Sebastia
308
The Fall of the House of Labor
342
Ephemeral for the Fourth Decade
363
Notes
377
Bihliography
425
Index
441
Copyright

Mere Anarchy Is Loosed
250

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About the author (2006)

Gershom Gorenberg has written for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and, in Hebrew, Ha'aretz. He is a senior correspondent for The American Prospect and blogs at SouthJerusalem.com. Gorenberg is the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977 and The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their three children.

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