Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. BardFew ideas are as deeply ingrained in Israeli culture as the one summed up by the Hebrew phrase ''meatim mul rabim,'' or ''the few against the many. But the start of this school year marks a quiet revolution in the teaching of Israeli history to most Israeli pupils. New, officially approved textbooks make plain that many of the most common Israeli beliefs are as much myth as fact. The new books say, for example, that it was the Israelis who had the military edge in the War of Independence. They say that many Palestinians left their land not -- as has traditionally been taught -- because they smugly expected the Arab states to sweep back victoriously, but because they were afraid, and in some cases expelled by Israeli soldiers.
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Myths and Facts : A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
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Much of what he published in NER was current, but he also recognized the need to educate readers about the Arab-Israeli conflict and to debunk myths perpetrated by those who wished to rewrite history to suit their own purposes. Toward this end, NER began to publish special surveys of pertinent issues. Gradually these analyses grew to book length and were published as Myths and Facts. Myths about the Middle East did not originate in the 's, nor have they ceased to be promulgated. The tumultuous events in the region seem to be consistently accompanied by all new distortions of the facts about the Arab-Israeli conflict. This version has the advantage of being hyperlinked to the vast resources available in the Jewish Virtual Library and is constantly updated as new events occur.