web analytics
July 26, 2014 / 28 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Home » Sections » Books »

Title: The Road to Jerusalem, Glubb Pasha, Palestine and The Jews

Title: The Road to Jerusalem, Glubb Pasha, Palestine and The Jews
Author: Benny Morris
Publisher: I.B. Tauris Co., New York, N.Y.



Prof. Benny Morris, who currently instructs at Ben-Gurian University in Israel, has written an interesting history of General Sir John Glubb, the last British pro-Consul in the Mid-East, who served as commander of Trans Jordan’s ‘Arab Legion’ before, during and immediately following the 1948 Israel War of Independence through the 1956 Suez crisis.

Glubb, a British satrap, whose command of the Arabic language as well as his understanding of the intricacies of the Arab mindset, made him invaluable to both his Jordanian Arab hosts as well as to his English pay-masters, and brought a European mentality to the Palestinian theater. This resulted in making the motives and actions of Israel’s only true adversary, Jordan’s Arab
Legion, more transparent and understandable to the Israelis

Certainly no friend of the Jews, Glubb (‘Pasha’ is an Arabic honorific title) was not your ‘dime-store’ Anti-Semite. Quite the contrary – as revealed in his many writings during retirement in England – Glubb had a quite high degree of admiration and respect for his Israeli former adversaries. Even while serving his Arab hosts, he did his utmost, both in his service to ‘HMG’ (‘His Majesty’s Government’) and in reigning in the wilder impulsiveness of the forces under his command.

The careful drilling that military recruits must pursue on the parade field, in fact, serve to assist in the enforcement of military discipline on the actual battlefield. John Glubb carefully selected his seconds-in-command and dutifully exercised his Trans-Jordan’s Arab Legion to become a controlled force capable of being reigned in and only attacking – or defending – upon strict regimental orders. This was the English system that had been so effective against Napoleon. Most of the other Arab forces utilized desert and guerilla tactics, but Glubb helped put together a European-style fighting force that fought in a predictable and calculated manner.

That this was ultimately to the advantage of the Israelis, was not necessarily Glubb’s intention, but it did result in higher esprit de corps and lower loss of manpower of his elite fighting force. It also won him respect for his accomplishments from both his host Hashemite kingdom and the British Foreign Office.

John Glubb has frequently been demonized for his contribution to the fighting capability of the highly regarded Arab Legion, but were it not for his ‘Europeanization’ of their fighting methods and organization, the Hashemites may have continued their Arab-style warfare upon the nascent Israeli state. That unpredictability could have altered history.

Following Glubb’s ‘retirement’ from actively serving the Hashemite kingdom, Arab warfare strategy against Israel changed to fighting by ‘Fedayeen’ and other small, armed bands utilizing archaic desert-style guerilla tactics. After reading Morris’ book, this reviewer has the impression that modern middle-east history may have been quite different had John Glubb not become an English  ‘Arabist’ and that, rather than demonizing him he should possibly be honored in Israel. 

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Title: The Road to Jerusalem, Glubb Pasha, Palestine and The Jews”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
John Kerry
Entire Israeli Cabinet Rejects Kerry’s Proposed Ceasefire, Talks Continue
Latest Sections Stories
Respler-072514

The real solution to bullying is to empower the bullied child.

Schonfeld-logo1

Time outs increases compliance and positive behavior far more than other forms of discipline

Schild-Edwin

Interestingly, sometimes people who have a very high self-awareness may experience intense reactions to circumstances that others might respond to more mildly.

“You Touro graduates are automatically soldiers in [Israel’s] struggle, and we count on you,” Rothstein told the graduates.

The lemonana was something else. Never had we seen a green drink look so enticing.

On his marriage, he wrote: “This is what I believe: something of the core, of the essence of this meaningful and life-affirming Judaism will not be absent from our home” (1882).

With the recent kidnapping by the Hamas and the barbaric murder of three children – Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel, we believe that the best answer to honor the memory of those murdered is to continue building those very communities – large and small – that our enemies are trying to destroy.

Written entirely through Frayda’s eyes, the reader is drawn by her unassuming personality.

Adopting an ancient exegetical approach that is based on midrashic readings of the text, thematic connections that span between various books of the Bible are revealed.

While Lipman comes from an ultra-Orthodox background and is an Orthodox rabbi, he offers a breath of fresh air when he suggests that “polarization caused by extremism and isolationism in the religious community may be the greatest internal threat to the future of the Jewish people”

The Joys of Yiddish, Leo Rosten defines a mentch as “someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character.”

Certainly today’s communication via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and the like, including the ubiquitous Whatsapp, has reduced the need to talk with people and communicate at length.

More Articles from Aharon Ben Anshel
book-The-Last-Commission

Green was an American volunteer in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, but something happened In Israel that has haunted him ever since.

Officer-and-a-Spy-062014

Witnessed by Theodore Herzl, who was a journalist for a Viennese newspaper covering the trial, the cause célèbre became the spark that eventually caused the rise of the State of Israel in modern times.

These eleven nursing home residents and their accompanying staff from the Connecticut nursing home could represent any of us or our own loved ones…

There are three kinds of travelers: there are tourists, there are businesspeople, and then there are historians like Ben G. Frank.

The last kind doesn’t simply go from here to there. They try to relive history and find the real meaning behind what they experience.

Behind “the news” there’s almost always a story that isn’t being reported, and certain kinds of phenomenon occur almost simultaneously all over the world in almost every era.

Whether this is a memoir or autobiography or whether this book was written as an article of regional diplomacy, King Abdullah does come across in this book as a quite sincere person making a valiant effort at regional diplomacy, who is trying to quell terrorism in the Mideast and raise the social and economic levels of his countrymen.

As any psychologist can tell you – no two people who see an event come away with the very same experience. Criminologists and detectives who question people who may have witnessed a crime experience the fact that several different people will report various versions of the event.

As any psychologist can tell you – no two people who see an event come away with the very same experience. Criminologists and detectives who question people who may have witnessed a crime experience the fact that several different people will report various versions of the event.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/title-the-road-to-jerusalem-glubb-pasha-palestine-and-the-jews/2003/07/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: