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The International Diplomacy of Israel's Founders
Deception at the United Nations in the Quest for Palestine


  • Date Published: April 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107138735

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  • During the early to mid-twentieth century, the Zionist Organization secured a series of political victories on the international stage, leading to the foundation of a Jewish state and to its ability to expand its territorial control within Palestine. The International Diplomacy of Israel's Founders provides a revisionist account of the founding of Israel by exposing the misrepresentations and false assurances of Zionist diplomats during this formative period of Israeli history. By comparing diplomatic statements at the United Nations and elsewhere against the historical record, it sheds new light on the legacies of such leaders as Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Abba Eban, and Shabtai Rosenne. Including coverage of little-discussed moments in early Israeli history, this book offers an important new perspective for anyone interested in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    • An original and controversial account of the diplomacy surrounding the founding of Israel
    • Identifies a pattern of misrepresentation to the United Nations by fact-checking UN transcripts against the historical record
    • Challenges the prevailing historical perception of leading Zionist figures Chaim Weizmann, David Ben Gurion, Abba Eban, and Shabtai Rosenne, among others
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'In this book, John Quigley continues to champion the Palestinian cause. He has labored mightily for right in a field where the very same diplomacy that he describes has made it impossible for even those with the best intentions to advance basic legal and human rights for the Palestinian people.' M. Cherif Bassiouni, Emeritus Professor of Law, DePaul University

    'Quigley shows that throughout the history of Israel, its leaders have given the international community false assurances and falsified facts, and that many of Israel's diplomatic achievements are the result of this deception.' John Dugard, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

    'John Quigley's book, which covers the period from around 1900 to 1967, is an informative survey of Zionist-Israeli diplomatic practice …' Lawrence Davidson, Journal of Palestine Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107138735
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. A public relations imperative
    2. Promises, promises
    3. Pranks in Paris and Geneva
    4. Courting the commissar
    5. Saving Europe's Jews - our way
    6. Smoke and mirrors at the YMCA
    7. The ship that launched a nation
    8. Cocktails at the consulate
    9. Causing chaos
    10. Denying the undeniable
    11. A peace-loving state?
    12. Joining the world with fingers crossed
    13. Israel 1, United Nations 0
    14. A phantom attack
    15. Sabras in Sinai: pardon my French
    16. Suez smoke-screen
    17. Mr Nasser, please attack
    18. Abba Eban's finest hour
    19. Old issues, new lies
    20. An organization turned sinister
    21. Prevarication pays.

  • Author

    John Quigley, Ohio State University School of Law
    John Quigley is the President's Club Professor in Law at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a leading expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict. His recent publications include The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense (2013) and The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (2010).

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