In this reissue of the abridged
paperback edition of his critically acclaimed Collusion Across the Jordan,
Professor Shlaim chronicles King Abdullah's relationship with the Zionist
movement from his appointment as Emir of Transjordan in 1921 to his
assassination in 1951. Focusing on the events that led to the partition of
In the 1920s, hard-line Zionists developed the doctrine of the Iron Wall: negotiations with the Arabs must always be from a position of military strength. This doctrine, argues Avi Shlaim, became central to Israeli policy; dissenters were marginalized and many opportunities lost. Drawing on a great deal of new material and interviews with many key participants, Shlaim places Israel's political and military actions under an uncompromising lens. The result is a fresh and informed account of one of the world's most intractable conflicts of modern times.