About the book:
From its foundation in 1948, Israel has persuaded key opinion-leaders in the USA and Europe to join in the chorus of its state myth: that Israel, surrounded by aggressor Arab states, sought only peace. However, increasingly a new school of Israeli historians are exposing this view as inaccurate. Trawling through Cabinet minutes, private diaries and interviewing eye-witnesses, the revisionists have shown that from 1948 onward Israel was repeatedly intransigent and that Arab leaders were far more willing to talk peace than is realized. Now, for the first time, it is Israelis telling Israelis that it is Israel that usually escalated the level of violence.