PAX SEMITICA by Uri Avnery


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The author is an Israeli who came from Hitler's Germany to Palestine at the age of ten, and, after the first Israeli-Arab War (his diary was published as In the Fields of the Philistines), developed some extremely heterodox views for an Israeli, at least. He maintains that Israel must seek regional acceptance and integration if she is ever to break out of the cycle of Arab threat--Israeli alliance with opponents of Arab nationalism-greater Arab hatred. He reviews the development of Zionism with sympathy, but deplores the goal Ben-Gurion achieved: a homogenous Jewish state and the consequent chauvinism he finds personified by Dayan, an ""eternal adolescent"" without respect for words or people, who ""will always be an Arab-fighter."" It's a short, trenchant book with a good deal of solid analysis; American readers' initial resistance may be diminished by the simplicity of Avnery's style and his utter lack of rancor or extremism.

Pub Date: Aug. 5th, 1968
Publisher: Macmillan