By Tom Segev
Tom Segev’s acclaimed One Palestine, Complete and The 7th Million overturned accredited perspectives of the background of Israel. Now, in 1967, he brings his masterful abilities to the watershed 12 months while six days of struggle reshaped the rustic and the whole region.
Going a ways past an army account, Segev re-creates the apocalyptic weather in Israel prior to the struggle in addition to the country’s bravado after its victory. He introduces the mythical figures—Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson—and an epic solid of squaddies, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He finds as by no means ahead of Israel’s intimacy with the White residence, and the political rivalries that sabotaged any likelihood of peace. especially, Segev demanding situations the view that the battle was once inevitable, displaying that in the back of the bloodshed was once a sequence of disastrous miscalculations.
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9 By the end of the nineteenth century, all major European powers apart from Britain had established similar forms of ‘mercantilistic’, staterun economic organisation and sought to protect key industries and agricultural interests through tariff barriers. 11 And, more importantly, could such changes indeed hold the key to Europe’s pacification? Undoubtedly, the adverse conditions for postwar stability were also determined by a collapse of trade and widespread economic malaise. The need for revitalising European economies and to establish an international financial system that could cope with this task, and in which the new lender of last resort, the United States, would have to play a predominant role, was imperative.
The main reason why Versailles fell short of a ‘good peace’ was not that it failed to satisfy the essentially economic requirements of postwar stability. Nor was its cardinal flaw that it failed to establish a functioning balance-of-power system that kept German revisionism in check – nor that it failed to follow early French proposals and eliminate the German threat once and for all by dismembering the defeated power. Rather, the settlement of 1919 could not found postwar stability, certainly not in Europe, because it remained, in essence, a truncated peace.
The peacemakers of Versailles were not only unable to come to terms with the most critical problems and core structural challenges of the postwar era – notably the lack of international security – but effectively exacerbated them. This crystallised in the unresolved German question – the question of what shape and what place the vanquished power was to have in the postwar international system. It could only be addressed after an extended period of post-Versailles crisis, and on different premises, when – from 1923 – concrete lessons were drawn from the deficiencies of what had been decided in 1919.
1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev