A Durable Peace: Israel and its Place Among the Nations by Benjamin Netanyahu

A Durable Peace: Israel and its Place Among the Nations by Benjamin Netanyahu

By Benjamin Netanyahu

This exam of the center East's bothered background lines the origins, improvement and politics of Israel's dating with the Arab international and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will depart Israel at risk of Iraq and Iran.

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D. d. d. 1624. ‘Abbâs also stimulated the Safavid economy by opening contacts with European countries and encouraging Armenian merchants to settle in a suburb of his new capital, Isfahan. Unfortunately, the successors of Shah ‘Abbâs the Great lacked his skills and energy, and Safavid Iran began a slow but steady decline. Harem intrigues, oppressive taxation, neglect of the army, and an increasingly xenophobic and religiously intolerant atmosphere all played a role in weakening the state. d. 1722, a fairly small band of Ghilzai Afghans led by Mir Mahmud crossed into Iran, marched almost unopposed to Isfahan, and besieged the city.

They articulated as their main demand the election of a national assembly (Majles), and this was approved by Mozaffar-od-Din Shah. Mozaffar-odDin died shortly thereafter, in January 1907, and the new ruler, Mohammad-‘Ali Shah, was much less sympathetic to this Constitutional Revolution. Divisions also began to appear among the constitutionalists themselves, with some favoring a secular system based on the concept of popular sovereignty, and others a more conservative system that would have given religious leaders a veto over legislation deemed un-Islamic.

It entailed not only military defeat, the destruction of the ancient regime, and political subjection, but also led to colonization by some Arab settlers and considerable social and cultural change, most obviously in the collapse of Zoroastrianism as the national religion and the spread of Islam as the dominant faith in Iran (to be discussed in more detail in the next chapter). However, the perception 16 Culture and Customs of Iran that all this amounts to a major discontinuity in Iranian history should not be exaggerated.

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