2. Avi Shlaim, The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (W.W. Norton, 2000)
For the novice reader, these two books, written by the most eminent of the new Israelihistorians, present an easy-to-digest summation of the basic facts of what has been called“New History” of Israel and Zionism.Benny Morris has of late become a contentious figure in Leftist circles for moving furtherand further away from many of the groundbreaking discoveries in his research. He hascontinued to stand by his findings as a researcher, but has often sought to reinterpret themeaning of these findings. In spite – or even because of this political shift in his thinkingover time – his books remain seminal introductions to the history of Israel. In RighteousVictims he presents a largely military-centered view of the conflict.Avi Shlaim, who has remained allied to the Left-Progressive view of the conflict, hasproduced an excellent book that can serve as a companion volume to the Morris book which looks at the issues from a more political-diplomatic perspective.These two books recount the Israeli history in a brisk and comprehensive manner idealfor the beginning reader.
II. Three Important Israeli Historians: Benny Morris, Tom Segev, and Meron Benvenisti
3. Benny Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 (OriginalEdition, Cambridge University Press, 1987, Revised Expanded Edition, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, 2004)4. Benny Morris, 1948 and After: Israel and the Palestinians (Oxford UniversityPress, Expanded Paperback Edition, 1994)5. Benny Morris, Israel’s Border Wars, 1949-1956 (Oxford University Press,Expanded Paperback Edition, 1997)6. Tom Segev, 1949: The First Israelis (The Free Press, 1986, Arlen Neal Weinstein,English Language Editor)7. Tom Segev, One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate(Metropolitan Books, 2000, Translated from the Hebrew by Haim Watzman)8. Tom Segev, 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the MiddleEast (Metropolitan Books, 2007, Translated from the Hebrew by Jessica Cohen)9. Meron Benvenisti, City of Stone: The Hidden History of Jerusalem (University of California Press, 1996, Translated from the Hebrew by Maxine Kaufman-Nunn)10. Meron Benvenisti, Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy LandSince 1948 (University of California Press, 2000, Translated from the Hebrew byMaxine Kaufman-Lacusta)
In addition to the excellent work of Benny Morris, we can add that of the journalist TomSegev and former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Meron Benvenisti.