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Israel
Boundary Disputes with Arab Neighbours 1946–1964
10 Volume Hardback Set

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  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781852076306

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  • The years between 1946 and 1964 are some of the most important for the study of the State of Israel. This collection of primary source documents focuses on the great diplomatic and territorial problems of the period including: the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan; the positions of Israel and Jordan regarding the West Bank and Gaza; the relationship of the refugee problem to the border problem; territorial adjustments for the benefit of Arab frontier villages; implications of the armistice lines for border settlements; and Soviet interest and alliances and Great Power conflict.

    • Facsimile collections of key documents from archive sources
    • Previously unknown or fragmented material now available in a coherent collection
    • Carefully selected and edited for maximum value to researchers and scholars
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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • Format: Multiple copy pack
    • Isbn: 9781852076306
    • Length: 7000 pages
    • Dimensions: 587 x 390 x 340 mm
    • Weight: 17.5kg
    • Availability: In stock
    • Paper: Printed on acid free paper
    • Resume

      The years between 1946 and 1964 are some of the most important for the study of the State of Israel. This collection of primary source documents focuses on the great diplomatic and territorial problems of the period including: the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan; the positions of Israel and Jordan regarding the West Bank and Gaza; the relationship of the refugee problem to the border problem; territorial adjustments for the benefit of Arab frontier villages; implications of the armistice lines for border settlements; and Soviet interest and alliances and Great Power conflict.

    • Documentary Importance


      This collection of documents covers the period from 1946 to 1964, focusing on the borders of the Palestine Mandate and, following its creation in 1948, the state of Israel. The question of the final territorial configuration of Israel and its Arab neighbours is at the forefront of today's political negotiations, stimulating new interest in their historical origins.

      The documents focus on two different types of borders; those that coincided with the British Mandate for Palestine, and the lines that resulted from the war-won divisions of land following the 1949 cease-fire and the final location of the opposing armies. The armistice lines basically followed the course of mandate boundaries with Transjordan, Syria and Lebanon with small modifications. The operative border between Israel and Jordan on the West Bank was based exclusively on an armistice line that had no geographical or historical foundations. Complications arose, in part, because of the vagueness of the original definitions of the mandatory boundaries, and from the slipshod way in which the armistice lines were depicted cartographically by the negotiators in 1949. These lines were determined by senior military staff from each side and United Nations mediators, often without regard to significant geographical considerations or the distribution and interest of local populations. In addition, thick pencils were often used to draw on small-scale maps permitting legitimate differences in interpretations created by lines on the maps that were actually several kilometres wide on the ground. As far as Israel and Jordan were concerned, the differences in alignment between the mandate boundary of 1921 and the 1949 armistice line only became apparent in the run-up towards their recent boundary settlement.
      During the period covered by this collection of documents, the major events that established Israel's modern borders were the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, the war that followed the creation of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent United Nations Armistice Agreements negotiated between Israel and each of its Arab neighbours: Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. During the years from 1949 until 1967, there were only minor alterations to these borders.

    • Arrangement of Volumes


      Volume 1: April 1946 to December 1947
      Volume 2: January to December 1948
      Volume 3: January to December 1949
      Volume 4: January to December 1950
      Volume 5: January 1951 to December 1952
      Volume 6: January 1953 to December 1954
      Volume 7: January to June 1955
      Volume 8: July to December 1955
      Volume 9: January 1956 to December 1959
      Volume 10: January 1960 to December 1964

    • Key Documents


      Key events covered in the documents
      Anglo-American Committee of Enquiry
      President Truman calls for increased Jewish immigration to Palestine
      UN Special Committee on Palestine
      Partition Plan passed by United Nations General Assembly
      1947/48 King Abdullah's secret negotiations regarding partitioning Palestine between Israel and Jordan
      Anglo-Jordan Treaty of Alliance
      UN Palestine Conciliation Commission, Lausanne
      Rhodes Negotiations
      Armistice Agreements signed, borders delineated and demilitarised zones established
      Jordan grants citizenship to refugees
      Jordan cedes to Israel a strip of land extending south to Kafr Qasim including numerous Arab villages
      Tripartite declaration between Britain, France & the US
      Jordan incorporates the West Bank, including the Old City of Jerusalem
      Egyptian-Israeli Armistice Agreement leads to small territorial exchange agreement
      Israeli occupation of Jordanian territory, Jisr Majami
      1953/55 Johnston initiative to find a solution for the equitable distribution of the waters of the Jordan river
      1953/55 Egyptian interference and blockade of Gulf of Aqaba
      Israeli raid on Gaza, causing Arab outrage and international condemnation
      Egypt's demands for a land link connecting Egypt and Jordan
      Discussions on the strategic value for Britain of a Jewish state in the Middle East
      Israeli forces overrun Gaza and most of Sinai
      Israeli strikes against Syria along the shores of the Sea of Galilee
      Suez crisis, Israel/French/British collusion
      Jordan abrogates treaty with Britain
      Incidents along the Israel–Gaza border
      1957/58 Clashes between Israel and Jordan on Mount Scopus
      1962/63 Clashes between Israel and Syria along demilitarised zone along the Sea of Galilee
      Ben-Gurion asks President Kennedy to guarantee Israel's frontiers
      Salt Pan issues

  • Editors

    P. Toye

    A. Seay

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