Ben Gurion, David,  Israel: A personal History, Tel Aviv: American Israel Publishing, 1971. David Ben Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel. He read and wrote profusely during his lifetime. This book represents his view of the first eight years of the State of Israel. It contains excerpts from his diaries plus hindsight commentary by Ben Gurion. This and other works by Ben Gurion give his opinion of the history as he lived it.


Bilby, Kenneth, New Star in the Near East, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1950. Kenneth Bilby was news reporter for several East Coast newspapers during his career. He spent eighteen months in the Middle East following up on this story of the creation of the State of Israel. He came back to the states a committed Zionist. He never changed that view in his lifetime even though he lived through the political shift to the Left during the eighties.


Dunner, Joseph , “The Republic of Israel: Its History and Its Promise,” New York: Whittlesey house, 1950  P. 100. Joseph Dunner taught both civil and Jewish law at Yeshiva University in New York. This work is primarily a legal case for the existence of the State of Israel. The back of the book has several indexes of the legal documents like the complete wording of Resolution 181, 194, Israel’s declaration of Independence, and numerous other legal scripts.


Hazony, Yoram, The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul, New York: Basic Books, 2001. Is an American born Israeli educator and scholar in Israel. His book is a reaction to the mounting Left wing pressures inside the State of Israel to give up on the Zionist idea and to move Israel away from its Jewish origins.


Khalidi, Walid  editor,  “Selected Documents of the 1948 Palestine War, Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. 27, No. 3, (Spring, 1998). One of the foremost advocates for Palestinian rights. A former university professor who now spends his time editing and writing in Paletsinian causes. This article found on the J-stor database has some of the most worthwhile documents from the war of 1948 on the Arab side. Since there is little in the way of a historiography on how the Arab’s saw the war a set of documents like these are invaluable to the serious researcher.


McDonald, James G., My Mission in Israel, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951. The first ambassador to Israel from the United States, Mcdonald’s mission spanned from 1948 to the middle of 1950. This book is his memoir of his time in Israel. Mcdonald was a committed Zionist before and after his mission. He had been involved in Jewish affairs with the refugee question in Europe since 1933


Morris, Benny, “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem,” The Reference Shelf: The Palestinian Problem, Andrew C. Kimmens, editor, Volume 61, No. 1, New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1989. Benny Morris is professor at Be’er She’va university in the Negev, Israel. This work is excerpted from his book by the same name. The reader is a series of essays and journal articles covering the pros and cons of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute.


Said, Edward,  “The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination,”  1969-1994, New York: Vintage Books, 1995. Professor Said, long time professor of comparative literature at Columbia, was devoted to Palestinian Nationalism. This work is a collection of his essays defending Palestinian rights and making the case for an independent Palestinian state.


Segev, Tom, 1949: The First Israelis, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998. Israeli jounalist for Ha’ Aretz newspaper in Tel Aviv, Segev is one of the “New Historian” writers who changed the way Israelis and others view their history and the conflict with Arabs and specifically the Palestinians. “1949” has a wealth of translated documents all of which released in the 1980s. He is a committed socialist and sees his country more of homeland for Jews rather than a Jewish homeland. In other words he does not think a Jewish State is necessary to secure the lives and property of the Jewish people.







Cockburn, Alexander, Helen Scott, and Bill Keach, “Remembering Edward Said” Internationalist Socialist Review, Issue no. 32, November-December,  2003. These author’s all wrote eulogies to Edward Said. The purpose of including it was to show the Left’s connection to Said and how his ideas were influenced by Marx.


Self, Lance, “Zionism: False Messiah “International Socialist Review, Issue 4, Spring 1998. A Marxist look at Zionism. The article mostly focuses on Zionism’s failures. Very little is discussed about any of its successes.




Issa, Habib, in the daily US-published Lebanese newspaper Al Hoda, June 8 1951 (New York). The only English language Arab newspaper in the United States during the 1950s. Al hoda was one of the few places that English speakers could get some idea of how Arabs felt about the reality of the Jewish State in Palestine.

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