The accidental empire : Israel and the birth of settlements, 1967-1977 / Gershom Gorenberg

Author(s): Gorenberg, Gershom
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Subjects: Land settlement--West Bank--Government policy--Israel
Land settlement--Gaza Strip--Government policy--Israel
Jews--Colonization--West Bank
Jews--Colonization--Gaza Strip
Israel--Politics and government--1967-1993
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Times Books, 2006
LC Classification: H, HD
Notes: LCCN: 2005052988
ISBN: 080507564X
EAN: 9780805075649
Includes bibliographical references (p. [425]-436) and index
Summary: After the 1967 war, the Jewish state seemed to have reached the pinnacle of success. But the Six-Day War proved to be the opening act of a complex political drama, in which the central issue became: Should Jews build settlements in the occupied territories taken in that war? Drawing on newly opened archives and extensive interviews, this is journalist Gorenberg's account of the strange birth of the settler movement, the child of both Labor Party socialism and religious extremism. It is a dramatic story featuring the giants of Israeli history as well as more contemporary figures. Gorenberg reconstructs what the top officials knew and when they knew it, while weaving in first-person accounts of the settlers themselves. He also shows how the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations turned a blind eye to what was happening in the territories, and reveals their strategic reasons for doing so.--From publisher description
Physical Description: xvii, 454 p. : map ; 25 cm
OCLC Number: 61478828
ISBN/ISSN: 080507564X
9780805075649

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