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The author of the book: Chaim Herzog
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Edition: Random House, Inc.
Date of issue: September 12th 1982
ISBN 13: 9780394503790
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.A very comprehensive one volume work on Israel's wars of defense against Arab efforts to drive the Jews into the sea from the 1948 War of Independence until the 1982 Operation Peace for Galilee when Israeli forces pushed into Lebanon to flush out the PLO terror network. But the author makes it clear that the war really began with Arab pogroms against Jews in Palestine in the 1920, therefore this conflict is now nearly a century old.
This concentrates on the military aspects but still contains valuable incites on the political and social criterion.
Brief descriptions of the heroes who fought to defend Israel from annihilation.'
In the Book on the War of Independence the author highlights how the British payed quite an extensive role in the war on the Arab's side, Even after the British pullout towards the end of the war British military aircraft's attacked Israel to aid the Egyptians and most were swiftly shot down by Israel;s valiant pilots.
The Arab armies that attacked Israel included the Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis , The Arab Legion from Transjordan commanded by British officer Lieutenant-General John Glubb, and tow Arab terrorist groups, Fawzi al Kaujki's Arab Liberation Army
and Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini's Army of Salvation. These two terror armies included British deserters who had formed the British Fascist Army, Nazi German expatriates who had served in the Wehrmacht and SS, Yugoslav Muslims who served in the SS Hanjar divisions, and Croats from Ustasha.
In the Chapter of the Six Day War the author explains the facts behind the much publicized accidental attack on the SS Liberty by Israeli forces explaining it was clearly unknown this vessel was american and that given the relations between the USA and Israel at the time the Israelis would have no reason to attack the ship. Fault lies squarely with the American authorities who saw fit to position a spy ship against a friendly nation in a time of war with no information given to the Israeli authorities.
From 1955 onwards with the so called 'Czech Agreement' where the Soviets signed a deal to supply Egypt with massive arms shipments, the Soviets had played a large role in the Middle East conflict as a malignant force that actually several times pressured the Arab states to reject compromise and egged them on to war in both the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War
soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev practically forced Algeria to join in the attack on Israel while urging several other Arab countries to join their Arab 'brothers' in attacking Israel. Without Soviet influence Egypt would liely have signed a peace deal with Israel much sooner as may have several other Arab states.
In the Chapter on the Yom Kippur War the author draws our attention to the Battle of Latakia, fought between the Israelis and Egyptians, being the first naval missile battle in history
What is invaluable in this book is the chapter on Israel's daring rescue at Entebbe operation in 1976 after PFLP terrorists hijacked an Air France plane to Uganda where they released the other passengers but kept all Jewish passengers hostage. There was certainly something obscene 31 years after the Holocaust about Germans shouting orders at Jewish hostages and waving guns over their heads, while engaging in 'selektzia' - selection of the prisoners of terror, with all those with Israeli names ordered into a different section of the building.
The Arab terrorists of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were were led by a German man and woman from the Marxist German terrorist group the Baader Meinhof Gang. Their behaviuor reminded at least one hostage, himself bearing tattooed numbers from a concentration camp of Nazis.. A comprehensive Chapter also on Operation Peace in Galilee in 1982. We learn something on the Lebanese Civil War started by the PLO in 1975.
Thankfully the author here mentions the 1976 massacre by the PLO of the Christian town of Damour in which thousands of innocent men, women and children were slaughtered. by PLO terrorists
many more innocents were murdered in this massacre, than in the raids by the Phalangists into Sabra and Shatilla.
Of the 460 Muslims killed in Sabra and Shatilla, only 35 were women and children.
425 where men, terrorist combatants, 300 of them Palestinians and 100 of them Muslim Lebanese, the remainder being terrorist volunteers such as Iranians, Syrians and Algerians.
Far less innocents died here then in Damour.
And yet Damour is forgotten, while Sabra and Shatilla are forever hyped up to this day.
In essence the raids into Sabra and Shatilla by the Lebanese Christians were a kind of long awaited retribution for the years of living and being subjected to genocide, under the ruthless yolk of the PLO.
Because of the military and battle detail Perfect for military historians and war gamers.
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