was an Israel
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i historian and politician. He was the author of The Birth of Israel: Myths And Realities
He is probably best known for his book The Birth of Israel: Myths And Realities
, published in the year of his death.
Simha Flapan was born 27 January 1911 in Tomaszów Mazowiecki
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. In Israel,
Flapan was National Secretary of the left
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Mapam was a political party in Israel and is one of the ancestors of the modern-day Meretz party.-History:Mapam was formed by a January 1948 merger of the Hashomer Hatzair Workers Party and Ahdut HaAvoda Poale Zion Movement. The party was originally Marxist-Zionist in its outlook and represented...
party, and the director of its Arab
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Affairs department from 1959 to the mid-1970s; he also edited New Outlook
magazine—a non-party monthly that promoted Arab-Jewish rapprochement.
View on Zionism
In the preface of 'Zionism and the Palestinians'
(1979) Flapan writes:
To dispel misunderstanding, I want to make it clear that my belief in the moral justification and historical necessity of Zionism remains unaffected by my critical reappraisal of the Zionist leadership. The history of Zionism demonstrates the extent to which the urge to create a new society, embodying the universal values of democracy and social justice, was inherent in the Zionist movement and responsible for its progress in adverse conditions. Israel's problem today lies in the disintegration of these values, due largely to the intoxication with military success and the belief that military superiority is a substitute for peace. Unless the liberal and progressive values of Zionism are restored and Palestinian rights to self-determination within a framework of peaceful coexistence are recognised, Israel's search for peace is doomed to failure. I firmly believe that these trends will ultimately become the deciding force in Israel.
- Zionism and the Palestinians, Croom and Helm, London, 1979.
- The Birth of Israel: Myths And Realities, Pantheon Books, New York; ISBN 0-394-55888-X (August 1987).
Flapan's personal and professional archives are located at Yad Yaari, Hashomer Hatzair
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Research and Documentation Center at Givat Haviva.