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Author Gorenberg, Gershom.

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

Published New York : Times Books, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  956.94053 GORE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xvii, 454 pages : map ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [425]-436) and index.
Contents December 1975 : North from Jerusalem -- 1. The avalanche -- 2. Creating facts -- 3. Silent cowboys on the new frontier -- 4. Settling in -- 5. The "invisible" occupation -- 6. Changing of the guard -- 7. The reign of hubris -- 8. All quiet on the Suez front -- 9. Mere anarchy is loosed -- 10. Confrontation -- 11. Last train to Sebastia -- 12. The fall of the house of labor -- Epilogue : ephemeral, for the fourth decade.
Summary "The untold story, based on original research, of the actions and inactions that created the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories." "The Accidental Empire is Gershom Gorenberg's account of the strange birth of the settler movement, which was the child of Labor Party socialism and religious extremism. It is a dramatic story featuring the giants of Israeli history - Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Levi Eshkol, Yigal Allon - as well as more contemporary figures like Ariel Sharon, Yitzhak Rabin, and Shimon Peres. Gorenberg also shows how the Johnson, Nixon, and Ford administrations - distracted by a military quagmire in Vietnam and a global conflict with the Sovet Union - turned a blind eye to what was happening in the territories." "Drawing on newly opened archives and extensive interviews, Gorenberg reconstructs what the top officials knew and when they knew it, while weaving in the dramatic first-person accounts of the settlers themselves. The Accidental Empire casts the entire enterprise in a new and controversial light, calling into question much of what we think we know about this issue that continues to haunt the Middle East."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject 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.
ISBN 080507564X