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About Avi Shlaim

Avi Shlaim is an emeritus professor of international relations at Oxford University and the author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World.

Articles by Avi Shlaim

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The neophyte president, Netanyahu, and Palestine

Trump is unencumbered by any knowledge of the Palestinians, their history, their politics, or their legitimate struggle for statehood.

The Labour Party, Israel, and antisemitism

The key question, given that antisemitism along with other forms of racism has had a continuing presence in British political life, is why now? Much hangs on this.                                                                                     

The perils and pitfalls of patriotic history

War is said to be too serious a business to be left to the soldiers. By the same token, military history is too serious to be left to the politicians. When politicians pontificate about the past it is rarely in the disinterested pursuit of a complex truth.

Ariel Sharon’s legacy

Sharon was the unilateralist par excellence. His main aim when he came to power in 2001 was to eliminate the two-state solution and to determine unilaterally the borders of Greater Israel. Five years later, he had gone some way towards achieving this aim.

An Open Letter to Barack Obama

Please take a few moments to reflect on the relations between the United States and Israel in the light of a recent incident

Israel’s “new history” and the Palestinians

A rethinking by Israeli historians enlarges understanding of the bitter events of 1948, including the Palestinian "nakba" (catastrophe). It thus creates a foundation for addressing their consequences in the present, says Avi Shlaim.

Israel and Gaza: rhetoric and reality

The historical record of Israel's dealings with Gaza sheds light on its strategic aims in the current conflict there, says Avi Shlaim.

Israel at 60: the “iron wall” revisited

Israel has reached a landmark anniversary. But the ideological project underpinning the state's six decades of existence has brought the country to a strategic impasse, says Avi Shlaim.

Israel, free speech, and the Oxford Union

The collapse of a public debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a case-study of the vulnerability of open dialogue to closed minds, says Avi Shlaim.

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