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I like the idea of the book,
This review is from: The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) (Paperback)
I like the idea of the book. We first listen to pro-Israel Cohn-Sherbok and then to pro-Palestine El-Alami. The pro-Israel part of the book explains the history as you can find it anywhere on the Internet -- hence made me think the book was rather dull. The pro-Palestine part, however, captured me because it also explains the shortcomings of Palestinians. Plus it gives useful pieces of information such as why Turks were initially not sympathetic to Palestinians.
In the third part of the book, the debate, the pro-Israel guy tries way too hard to justify the moral right for Israel to exist by referring to anti-Jewish history in Europe, such as the Holocaust. To point out anti-Israeli sentiment he quotes from Bin Ladin. He suggests that a new Palestine should be created by carving out land from neighbouring countries -- for goodness' sake which planet does Cohn-Sherbok live on?
In his part of the debate, El-Alami in an academic way tells Cohn-Sherbok that he is being ridiculous.
Overall, the book was worth reading for El-Alami's sensible views.