By Ahron Bregman
An authoritative and impassioned historical past of the aftermath of the Six Day War―by a former Israeli soldier―and a cogent argument for an finish to the occupation. In a stream that will without end modify the map of the center East, Israel captured the West financial institution, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula in 1967's short yet pivotal Six Day warfare. Cursed Victory is the 1st entire historical past of the war's stricken aftermath―a army career of the Palestinian territories that's now good into its 5th decade.
Drawing on unheard of entry to high-level resources, top-secret memos and never-before-published letters, the e-book offers a gripping and unvarnished chronicle of ways what Israel promised will be an 'enlightened occupation' quick became bitter, and the anguished diplomatic makes an attempt to carry it to an finish. Bregman sheds clean gentle on serious moments within the peace strategy, taking us backstage as judgements concerning the destiny of the territories have been made, and extra frequently, as an important possibilities to unravel the clash have been ignored. because the narrative strikes from Jerusalem to ny, Oslo to Beirut, and from the overdue Nineteen Sixties to the current day, Cursed Victory presents shiny photographs of the foremost gamers during this unfolding drama, together with Moshe Dayan, King Hussein of Jordan, invoice Clinton, and Yasser Arafat. but Bregman continuously reminds us how diplomatic and back-room negotiations affected the day-by-day lives of thousands of Arabs, and the way the Palestinian resistance, specifically through the first and moment intifadas, and now in contemporary tragic advancements, have formed the political arena.
As Bregman concludes, the career has develop into a gloomy stain on Israel's heritage. Cursed Victory is key examining for an individual who desires to comprehend the origins of the continued clash within the zone. sixteen pages of B&W pictures
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1 An early propaganda document from the western occupation government, issued just weeks after a pro-Soviet coup in neighboring Czechoslovakia, explained what was at stake: The fate of the Marshall Plan will determine who is to be the victor in the great ideological conflict of democracy versus totalitarianism. 2 Former Nazis, provided they were not personally too notorious or unwilling to play by the new rules, appeared to the Americans as far preferable to communists or their presumed fellow travelers.
S. bases had extra-territorial status and functioned under American law. They were, of course, also sites for cia interventions in the frg and in Western Europe in general, not only against Soviet influence, but also against independent left opposition. S. Commander-in-Chief in Europe was legally entitled to intervene in cases of internal unrest in West Germany. 6 As we shall see, this anticommunism was far more than a mere ideological construct; rather, the legal structure of West German “constitutional democracy” was from its earliest days intended to prevent and/or eliminate all revolutionary left-wing opposition.
The Christian Democratic Union, the concrete expression of the alliance between the German ruling class 19 and American imperialism, experienced little in the way of opposition as it helped implement the Marshall Plan and establish the legal machinery with which to fight any resurgence of left-wing militancy. Yet, while the political aspects of the Marshall Plan were carried out with little difficulty, the rearming of West Germany, not surprisingly when one considers the outcome of both World Wars, met with intense opposition.