The Palestinian National Revival: In the Shadow of the Leadership Crisis, 1937-1967

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Former Israeli intelligence officer Moshe Shemesh offers a fresh understanding of the complex history and politics of the Middle East in this new analysis of the Palestinian national movement. Shemesh looks at the formative years of the movement that emerged following the 1948 War and traces the leaders, their objectives, and their weaknesses, fragmentation, and conflicts with their neighbors. He follows the formation of the Sons of Nakba, the establishment of Fatah, the reframing of Jordan as analogous with the Palestinian cause, and the creation of the Palestine Liberation Organization and its new expression of nationalism until the 1967 War. With unprecedented access to Arabic sources, Shemesh provides new perspectives on inter-Arab politics and the history of the intractable Arab-Israeli conflict.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages340
ISBN (Electronic)9780253036629, 9780253036605
ISBN (Print)9780253036599, 9780253071743
StatePublished - Sep 2018

Publication series

NamePerspectives on Israel studies


  • Fath (Organization)
  • Munaẓẓamat al-Taḥrīr al-Filasṭīnīyah
  • Arab-Israeli conflict -- 20th century
  • Arab nationalism
  • Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Israel -- Hisory -- 20th century


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