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Israel, Likud and the Zionist dream : power, politics, and ideology from Begin to Netanyahu /
Colin Shindler.
London ; New York : Tauris ; New York : St. Martin's Press [distributor], 1995.
xix, 324 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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London ; New York : Tauris ; New York : St. Martin's Press [distributor], 1995.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-310) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Colin Shindler is a Fellow in Israeli Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was formerly the editor of the Jewish Quarterly and Judaism Today
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-04:
Shindler, former editor of Jewish Quarterly, presents a critical history of Likud, Israel's principal right-wing opposition party, from its prestate origins until 1995. Early chapters cover Likud's ancestor, Zionist Revisionism, during the 1930s and 40s, emphasizing that the movement was far from monolithic in ideology, program, or tactics. Shindler discusses the differences among the leaders, from the movement's beginnings until the present, that resulted in several branches of militant nationalist Zionism. Early leaders like Menachem Begin and Avraham Stern were influenced by the 1916 Irish Easter Rebellion and its leader James Connolly and by the Russian social revolutionaries. Right-wing Zionism was dominated by Begin, 1948-83; many described his patriotic stance and appeals "as merely a mimicry of the Polish nationalist mentality" derived from his land of origin. Begin, called "the commander" by his followers, cultivated ideological religiosity among the many utopian seekers after truth whom he led. The book follows the twists and turns of right-wing Zionism through the Begin era, clashes with the dominant Labor Zionist movement, Begin's attainment of political respectability and rise to power, Likud's decline under Prime Minister Shamir, and its defeat in the 1992 election. Shindler adds a new dimension to the many previous accounts of right-wing Zionism and to personal histories of its leaders, including Jabotinsky, Begin, and Shamir. Academic readers, all levels. D. Peretz; emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton
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This book traces the historical roots of Likud's version of Zionism. The author examines the different ideological origins of both Begin and Shamir, focusing on key issues such as Begin's election victory and Shamir's political background.
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A critical appraisal of the right-wing Likud government's rule in Israel from 1977-1992. The different ideological origins of both Begin and Shamir are examined, as well as how far they were influenced by pre-war nationalist models in Pilsudski's Poland and Mussolini's Italy. Exploring Begin's involvement with revisionist Zionism since 1931 and his lifelong struggle to extend Israel's sovereignty, the book focuses on such key issues as Begin's election victory, his rationale for invading Lebanon in 1982 and his invocation of the Holocaust in political debate. Looking at Shamir's political background from his days in the Stern Group through to his sudden return to party politics, Shindler explains why he was able to hold on to power for so long, and looks at his confrontation with the Bush Administration.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Glossary of Hebrew Termsp. xi
Introductionp. xvi
Prologue: Half-Forgotten Memoriesp. 1
The Long and Winding Roadp. 7
The Advocates of Revoltp. 20
A Jewish State in the Land of Israelp. 36
Looking for Partners: Revisionism in Transitionp. 49
The End of the Socialist Zionist Dreamp. 62
The First Begin Governmentp. 83
The Cost of Camp Davidp. 96
Lebanon: The Escape of the Golemp. 109
Defeat from the Jaws of Victoryp. 128
Begin's Holocaust Traumap. 145
The Massacre at Sabra and Shatilla and its Consequencesp. 159
Shamir: The Man from Lehip. 171
Above and Below Groundp. 187
Outlawing the Palestiniansp. 206
Between Information and Propagandap. 220
The Year of Reckoningp. 235
The Shamir Planp. 249
Forward to the Edgep. 262
Postscript: Into the 21st Century: Enter Sharonp. 282
Notesp. 291
Select Bibliographyp. 305
Indexp. 311
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