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by Moshe Raviv

An insider's view of the state of Israel, it's background, evolution and development, coloured by an insider's view of the outstanding men and women who formed it's leadership.
Download Israel at Fifty: Five Decades of Struggle for Peace epub
ISBN: 0297818511
ISBN13: 978-0297818519
Category: History
Subcategory: Middle East
Author: Moshe Raviv
Language: English
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd; First Edition edition (October 1, 1998)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1957 kb
FB2 size: 1930 kb
Rating: 4.5
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This is a solid account of major political and diplomatic events through the first fifty years of the state of Israel's existence. A lifelong diplomat and ambassador to Britain Raviv served his country well and his accounting is one of a faithful hardworking civil service who believes very much in the miraculous accomplishments of Israel through its first fifty years. Ironically, the book ends with a clear optimistic sense that with the fall of the Soviet Union, the world as a whole is moving towards better times. But today seven years after the book was published Israel is threatened more than ever by a new fundamentalist Islam, and an anti- Semitism of the extreme left and right which has made anti- Zionism the new form of Anti- Semitism.

Nonetheless it is not as a prophet that Raviv writes, but as a witness and participant in a remarkable historical process, the rebirth of an ancient people in its historical homeland.
I read this book in the hope that I would find a political and diplomatic history of Israel as told by a player and I have to say that I was not disappointed. It is a superbly written piece of work told by Ambassador Raviv a former Israeli diplomat who was at the centre of many crises both political and military. The reader will get surprising insights into many of the diplomatic and political events ranging from Suez in 1956 right up to the Palestinian uprising in the late 1980s. The book moves the reader quite quickly through events without missing any of the essential detail required to tell what is a complicated story.