By Yezid Sayigh

Outfitted upon an remarkable volume of entry to PLO documents, respectable guides, and the inner records of varied guerrilla teams, in addition to over 400 interviews performed via the writer with the rank-and-file of the PLO, this groundbreaking publication gives a definitive account of the Palestinian nationwide stream. overlaying completely the forty-five years among the institution of the nation of Israel in 1948 to the PLO-Israel accord of 1993, this learn sheds a lot new gentle at the historical past of the center East within the latter half the 20th century.

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46 The military regimes of Egypt and Syria proved to be as anxious as the postindependence governments of Jordan and Lebanon to avoid war with Israel. 4' His overthrow and execution in August closed this chapter, but Adib al-Shishakli, who seized power in yet another coup in December, proved to be far less nationalist than his rhetoric suggested. 49 The Free Officers who overthrew him three years later at first +curtailed the propaganda war against Israel and undertook tension-reducing Introduction 13 measures along the armistice lines.

However, organizational problems and political disunity afflicted the nationalist camp, as 'a broad alliance of peasants, workers and radical elements of the middle class . . 8 The collapse of the revolt in 1939 was overshadowed by the outbreak of World War Two, during which Nazi Germany perpetrated its massive slaughter of the Jews and other peoples in Europe. In Palestine, meanwhile, the British army divided its attention between guarding against the threat of invasion by German or Vichy French forces and suppressing the Zionist military underground.

Indeed, conflict with Israel would not only distract them from that task, but might even allow the colonial powers to restore their former clients. 46 The military regimes of Egypt and Syria proved to be as anxious as the postindependence governments of Jordan and Lebanon to avoid war with Israel. 4' His overthrow and execution in August closed this chapter, but Adib al-Shishakli, who seized power in yet another coup in December, proved to be far less nationalist than his rhetoric suggested. 49 The Free Officers who overthrew him three years later at first +curtailed the propaganda war against Israel and undertook tension-reducing Introduction 13 measures along the armistice lines.

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