Shlomo Sand's latest book has unleashed a storm of controversy far beyond his homeland. His subject is the history of the Jews, and his conclusions reject the orthodoxies of Jewish history and modern day Zionism.
Mr Sand contests that today's Israeli state has been built on the foundations of myth and falsehood. He spoke to Stephen Sackur.
Watch the full interview with Shlomo Sand on HARDtalk on Wednesday 18th November 2009.
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