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Sharing the Promised Land: Interwoven Tale of Israelis and Palestinians [Paperback]

Dilip Hiro
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7 Aug 1997
The interim peace accord of 1993 between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat is explored in this book. Their historical relationship is detailed, with portraits of both societies. The book also contains an update since Netanyahu's election.

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Aug 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340635274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340635278
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,637,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Ticket To Armageddon 14 Aug 2010
This is a superb achievement. The only reason that I do not give it 5 stars is because, having been published in, I think, 1996, the situation has moved on slightly (some would say, considerably) from when the book came out. However, the book is still mostly very relevant.

I was particularly interested in areas with which I have had little to do, such as the amazing number of divisions and fissures within Israeli (Jewish) society iself, even leaving aside its relations with Arabs, Druze and others inside this strange and artificial experiment of a country.

The external history was better known to me, but still very well laid out here. The author appears to be an Indian and so relatively objective in principle.

The book details a fact fairly well-known but still worth repeating, that the IDF (Israeli armed forces combine) is the glue for the whole society and the only thing that many Jewish Israelis have in common, divided as they are into Ashkenazim and Sephardim, secular, religious, ultra-orthodox etc. Even here, though, unity is not complete, because the overtly "religious" Jews do not have have to serve in the IDF, which apparently and unsurprisingly causes strain in a society where the rest (including most women) have to serve for a month and often more each year on top of an initial three year (I previously thought it was 2-year, obviously wrongly) commitment. Naturally, this gives the IDF and its leaders a lot of power and authority in a supposedly democratic society (democratic in the ancient Greek sense, where most could not participate, as was the case with the Palestinians until the Gaza and West Bank ghettos were given a measure of autonomy).
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By S. Flaherty VINE VOICE
Most books on the Israeli/Palestinian problem tend to be huge and ponderous, full of information but very hard to read. This book does th impossible, it details all the facets of a very difficult situation and remains readable. I don't know how he did this but he did. Buy this book now, before it goes out of print
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Thoroughly readable. The key to its clarity is the 'facts on the ground', by interviewing real people and connecting with Israeli policy and Palestinian survival it has managed to present the recipe for a long term settlement without stating it. Dilip Hiro is excellent - if anyone can expose suffering of a disadvantaged people he can and has. I just hope he is able to update his book soon - it would be an objective way of keeping abreast of an impending disaster which could easily envelope the rest of us.
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