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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860647741
ISBN-10: 186064774X
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 135mm x 26mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Colin Shindler

Colin Shindler is Fellow in Israeli Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He was formerly the editor of "Jewish Quarterly" and "Judaism Today."

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