Resolution 181 (the creation of Israel) was, in some way, "Western civilization's gesture of repentance for the Holocaust ..., the repayment of a debt owed by those nations that realized that they might have done more to prevent or at least limit the scale of Jewish tragedy during World War II.
I am not going to recommend that anyone read this book unless keenly interested in all things Israel versus Arabs. Not that I didn't enjoy the read and learned everything that had puzzled me for many years. But I specifically checked this book out from the local library to get a background in this part of middle-eastern history that left me confused as to current events in the region then upon.
For so long I'd hear of skirmishes in such places as "the Gaza strip", the "West Bank", and the "Sinai Peninsula," and I'd wonder where these places were and why they were so important that people were dying over them. Israel is a country that is about the size of New Jersey. I can't think of a single place in New Jersey that would have folks dying over its retention and control.
Benny Morris did an admirable job of documenting the history of Zionist-Arab conflict from the beginning of the twentieth century until its end. He also admirably restrained himself from author intrusion and editorializing.
It was also very important to me, as one who's taken to the verbal defense of Israel, to get a more in-depth profile of how that country came to be, why, AND just what the Jews may have done that was so awful to have them hated by the Arabs around them.
I'm relieved that like America also hated by the Arabs for no apparent reason beyond jealousy, that there is nothing documented as having been perpetrated by the Jews that warrant the Arab total commitment to Israel's annihilation.
Understand here that there was a partition of middle-eastern land that resulted in the creation of the nation of Israel, and there was also an Arab population currently residing on this land. This circumstance alone would understandably create a short-term resentment, and perhaps a scuffle or two. Still, it's not as if there was a nation already in place with an indigenous population that had built cities and installed a decent government. The Arabs populating what would become the nation of Israel were mostly nomads with an allegiance more to its Islam religion than such as national boundaries. At the time they certainly didn't think of themselves as "Palestinians" and, in fact, a country called Palestine never existed except perhaps during biblical times.