Israels Border Wars, 1949-1956: Arab Infiltration, Israeli Retaliation, and the Countdown to the…

Paperback | September 1, 1997

byBenny Morris

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This revised and updated paperback edition of a highly successful study looks at the development of Israeli-Arab relations during the formative years 1949 to 1956, focusing on Arab infiltration into Israel and Israeli retaliation. Palestinian refugee raiding and cross-border attacks byEgyptian-controlled irregulars and commandos were a core phenomenon during this period and one of the chief causes of Israel's invasion of Sinai and the Gaza strip, the Israeli part of the Anglo-French-Israeli invasion of Egypt in 1956. Benny Morris probes the types of Arab infiltration and the attitude of Arab governments towards the phenomenon, and traces the evolution of Israel's defensive and offensive responses. He analyses Israeli decision-making processes, including the emergence and ultimate failure of Foreign MinisterMoshe Sharett's dissident policy of moderation and describes in detail the history of the Arab infiltration, including the terrorist-guerrilla raids by state-organized Fedayeen in 1955-6, and of the IDF raids against Sharafat, Beit Jala, Qibya, Gaza, the Syrian Sea of Galilee positions, and theSabha. This was a precedent-setting period in the making of Israeli defence policy, and this pattern of raiding and counter-raiding served to define Israeli-Arab relations during the subsequent three to four decades. In this revised and expanded paperback edition, Benny Morris deepens our understandingof the evolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict and of the crossroads at which a possible peace settlement was missed.

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This revised and updated paperback edition of a highly successful study looks at the development of Israel-Arab relations during the formative years 1949 to 1956, focusing on Arab infiltration into Israel and Israeli retaliation. Palestinian refugee raiding and cross-border attacks by Egyptian-controlled irregulars and commandos were a...

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This revised and updated paperback edition of a highly successful study looks at the development of Israeli-Arab relations during the formative years 1949 to 1956, focusing on Arab infiltration into Israel and Israeli retaliation. Palestinian refugee raiding and cross-border attacks byEgyptian-controlled irregulars and commandos were a...

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This revised and updated paperback edition of a highly successful study looks at the development of Israel-Arab relations during the formative years 1949 to 1956, focusing on Arab infiltration into Israel and Israeli retaliation. Palestinian refugee raiding and cross-border attacks by Egyptian-controlled irregulars and commandos were a...

Benny Morris is at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:486 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Israel, the Arab States, and the Palestinians after the 1948 War2. Infiltration3. Arab Attitudes and Policies Towards Infiltration, 1949-554. The Costs of Infiltration5. The Israeli Defensive Responses to Infiltration6. The Beginning of the Retaliatory Policy7. Raiding and Counter-Raiding, 1951-19538. Qibya9. Israel, the Arab States, and the Great Powers, 1952-195610. Sharett's Year, 195411. The Gaza Raid and After12. Countdown to a WarAfterword: The Sinai/Suez War and the End of the Gaza FedayeenConclusionBiographical Notes

From Our Editors

This revised and updated paperback edition of a highly successful study looks at the development of Israel-Arab relations during the formative years 1949 to 1956, focusing on Arab infiltration into Israel and Israeli retaliation. Palestinian refugee raiding and cross-border attacks by Egyptian-controlled irregulars and commandos were a core phenomenon during this period and one of the chief causes of Israel's invasion of Egypt in 1956. This pioneering study, which has been expanded on the basis of much new, and recently declassified material from the IDF, deepens our understanding of the current situation in the Middle East, and of the prospects for a lasting peace there.

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`Morris has been steadily escalating his writing style. This trend is already visible in his 1948 and After, a recycling of several published essays designed to complement his earlier work on the Palestinian refugee problem.'Political Studies