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4.0 out of 5 stars Unbalanced?, 5 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East (Paperback)
I have to disagree with the last but one reviewer who claims that this is biased and anti-israeli. Considering the emotive nature of the subject matter of this book, Hirst has done a remarkable job in looking at the actions of both sides equivocally; he neither condemns nor judges, merely describes events, leaving the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. For too long the waters of conflicts such as this have been muddied by those whose sole agenda seems to be to discredit the other side. Resolving conflict requires both sides to stop accusing and to listen, no matter how hard that might be and a rational assessment of what has passed, which this constitutes, is a part of that process. Perhaps the reviewer is too partisan (for whatever reason) to be able to even consider that both sides have played a part in creating the present situation in the Middle East but the fact remains that that is the case and yes, even the Israelis (by this I mean policy makers rather than the general population) have committed some pretty horrific acts - they just weren't so well publicised in earlier times. The point is that that is done and can't be changed. The question remains whether an accord of some kind can be reached.
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