In a move that would forever alter the map of the Middle
East, Israel captured the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip, and Sinai
Peninsula in 1967’s brief but pivotal Six Day War. Cursed Victory is the first
complete history of the war’s troubled aftermath—a military occupation of the
Palestinian territories that is now well into its fifth decade.
unprecedented access to high-level sources, top secret memos and
never-before-published letters, the book provides a gripping and unvarnished
chronicle of how what Israel promised would be an “enlightened occupation” quickly turned sour and the anguished diplomatic attempts to bring it to an
end. Bregman sheds fresh light on critical moments in the peace process, taking
us behind the scenes as decisions about the fate of the territories were made,
and more often, as crucial opportunities to resolve the conflict were missed.
As the narrative moves from Jerusalem to New York, Oslo to Beirut, and from the
late 1960s to the present day, Cursed Victory provides vivid portraits of the
key players in this unfolding drama, including Moshe Dayan, King Hussein of
Jordan, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat. Yet Bregman always reminds us how
diplomatic and backroom negotiations affected the daily lives of millions of Arabs and how the Palestinian resistance, especially during the first and second intifadas, in turn shaped political developments. As Bregman concludes, the
occupation has become a dark stain on Israel’s history and an era when
international opinion of the country shifted decisively.
Cursed Victory is
essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the origins of the ongoing
conflict in the region. Download and start listening now!