Mehnat Felastine w Asrarha Al-Askary (Palestine’s Plight: Political and Military Secrets
), by Salih Saib Al-Jabbouri, Doha: ACRPS, 2014. 654pp.
The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS) has published a new book entitled, Mehnat Felastine w Asrarha Al-Askary (Palestine’s Plight: Political and Military Secrets).
Al-Jabbouri, who was the chief of staff of the Iraqi army at the time of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, provides a detailed account of the key events of the war.
It is an important landmark in the writing of Arab military history, specifically Iraq, and a major contribution to the history of contemporary Palestine.
The book tries to correct what the author deems inaccurate but widespread accounts of the role of the Arab armies in the war, including the falsehood that “there were no orders.”
The book includes a historical presentation on the Palestinian cause, as well as Zionism and the British Mandate period. It also explores political developments leading up to the outbreak of fighting in Palestine in the aftermath of the 1947 partition decision.
It also details the movements of the Iraqi Army and the battles it fought until the signing of the armistice agreements and the delivery of the Palestinian territories to the Jordanian Army.
Lastly, the book offers insight into the tripartite attack against Egypt in 1956 and the 1967 War, accompanied by reports, appendices, charts, and maps.