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Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur: From the Six-Day War to the First Intifada
  

Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur: From the Six-Day War to the First Intifada (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Rejwan, Nissim
Foreword by Berg, Nancy E.

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Was Israel a Jewish state or a democratic state? Who was a Jew? This title addresses these questions by stating that these issues became more critical and complex in the two decades after the Six-Day War in 1967 as Israel matured into a regional power.

ISBN 9780292722354
Barcode 9780292722354
Published 1 November 2006 by Inbooks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780292722354
ISBN-10 0292722354
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University of Texas Press
Publication Date 1 November 2006
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Rejwan, Nissim
Foreword by Berg, Nancy E.
Category Asian / Middle Eastern History
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 19mm
Weight 499g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Jews, Israel - Ethnic relations, Jews - Israel - Identity, Jews, Iraqi - Israel, Rejwan, Nissim
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 956.94054092
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

On the eve of the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel was nineteen years old and as much an adolescent as the average nineteen-year-old person. Issues of identity and transition were the talk among Israeli intellectuals, including the writer Nissim Rejwan. Was Israel a Jewish state or a democratic state? And, most frustratingly, who was a Jew? As Nancy Berg's foreword makes clear, these issues became more critical and complex in the two decades after the war as Israel matured into a regional power. Rejwan, an Iraqi-born Jew whose own fate was tied to the answers, addresses the questions of those days in his letters, essays, and remembrances collected in Israel's Years of Bogus Grandeur. Israel's overwhelming victory in 1967 brought control of the former Palestinian territories; at the same time, Oriental Jews (i.e., those not from Europe) became a majority in the Israeli population. The nation, already surrounded by hostile, recently humiliated Arab neighbors, now had an Arab majority (Jewish, Muslim, Druze, and Christian) within its borders--yet European Jews continued to run the country as their own. Rejwan wrote tirelessly about the second-class status of Arab Israelis (and especially of Arab Jews), encouraging a more inclusive attitude that might eventually help heal the wounds left by the Six-Day War. His studies in sociology at Tel Aviv University informed his work. For his cause, Rejwan lost his job and many of his friends but never his pen. Through Munich, Entebbe, political scandals, economic crises, and the beginning of the Intifada, Rejwan narrates Israel's growing pains with feisty wit and unwavering honesty.

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Author's Bio

Nissim Rejwan is currently a Research Fellow at the Harry S Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Over a distinguished, six-decade career as a historian and journalist, he has published a dozen books, including The Jews of Iraq: 3000 Years of History and Culture and Israel's Place in the Middle East: A Pluralist Perspective, for which he won the 1998 National Jewish Book Award for Israel Studies.

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