chapter  16
11 Pages


This is a story of men and women, of their ideas and beliefs,their power and vision as well as personal ambition and treachery. Sometimes it is an account of how they perceived their countries’ interests could best be served, imperial, strategic and economic; at other points it relates how these became submerged in individual gain and even a desire for re-election. The important decisions were taken by a small number of people: they were open to persuasion, lobbying and blackmail. Chance and accident played a part, but so far as it is possible to discern the course of events1 there is no evidence of blind impersonal forces, or of an inevitable progression.2 The Arab-Israeli Wars can be attributed largely to the actions of people and the decisions they took at particular points in time.