Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Israel: A Nation is Born DVDs


Israel: A Nation is Born

3-Disc Series, 360 minutes total
First Released: 1997

Source: I rented this 3-disk set from Netflix.

Netflix DVD Description:
Chronicling the founding of Israel, its diplomatic efforts and its struggle to survive through conflicts, this documentary is narrated by former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban and features footage and interviews with Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Anwar Sadat, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and more. With details of the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and the Egypt-Israel peace accord, figures and events come alive.

I don't normally don't review DVDs here, but this set was excellent in giving the Jewish side of many of the issues brought up in past books I've reviewed (My Hope for Peace by Jehan Sadat; Tragedy in South Lebanon by Cathy Sultan; The Making of a Human Bomb by Nasser Abufarha; Tea with Hezbollah by Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis).

It was interesting to see the Jewish perspective on how things played out, and this gave me a fuller, more rounded understanding of the events. The DVDs are obviously pro-Israel, but they don't say everything that the Israelis did was justified or right. The DVDs used footage from the time, which was very interesting to watch. While it helped to have some knowledge of the events ahead of time, I think that, overall, it was well enough explained that a person with little knowledge could clearly follow what was happening. I'd highly recommend this DVD series.

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