Michael B. Oren, former director of Israel's Department of Inter-Religious Affairs under the late Yitzhak Rabin and a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, has written what's being called the most comprehensive chronicle of the 1967's Six-Day War, a crucial turning point in Middle East history.
His book, "Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East," is an elegantly detailed, often riveting account; Oren utilizes formerly top-secret documents to explore the military and diplomatic intricacies of all sides involved -- Israel, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, the Soviet Union and the United States. Oren has also set out to challenge some fundamental Israeli and Arab ideas about the war, including those put forth by Israeli "new historians" who, according to Oren, often seem to suggest that modern Israel "was created in sin."
Oren recently visited Salon's New York offices and spoke with Suzy Hansen about the situation in the Middle East and his book. To read the entire interview, please click here. To listen to an excerpt from the interview, please use the links below.