“Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. In cool, scholarly prose he has, quite simply, normalized Jewish history. In place of the implausible myth of a unique nation with a special destiny – expelled, isolated, wandering and finally restored to its rightful home – he has reconstructed the history of the Jews and convincingly reintegrated that history into the general story of humankind. The self-serving and mostly imaginary Jewish past that has done so much to provoke conflict in the present is revealed, like the past of so many other nations, to be largely an invention. Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” — Tony Judt
Tom Segev in Haaretz: “One of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time.”
Jonathan Cook in The National: “Shlomo Sand’s latest work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list.”
Morgan Strong in Consortium News: “There has been no serious rebuttal to Sand’s book, which has been a bestseller in Israel and Europe.”
Israel Bartal in Haaretz: a “learned, captivating study … certainly worthy of a serious discussion”.
Anita Shapira in the Journal of Israeli History: “a sharp, pointed polemic drawing on much varied historical material”.
Eric Rouleau in Le Monde diplomatique: “Israel shouldn’t be a Jewish state, but a democratic and secular one which belongs to all its citizens.”
Shlomo Sand in Le Monde diplomatique
Jacques Julliard in Le Nouvel Observateur
Eric Marty on the UPJF website and Sand’s reply in Le Monde
Marc Riglet in Lire
Tom Segev in Haaretz
Israel Bartal in Haaretz
Yaacov Shavit in Haaretz, Shlomo Sand’s reply, Shavit’s reponse
Yitzhak Laor in Haaretz