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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone wanting a readable narrative on the core issues that have driven the current situation in Israel, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: My Promised Land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel (Kindle Edition)
Like many (non-Jewish) people the situation in Israel is at times distressing but understanding its roots and drivers has been difficult unless you have the time and patience to wade through often verbose and thoroughly unreadable tomes. Ari Shavit tries as hard as he can to make the history of modern day Israel understandable. He pulls no punches when it comes to explaining the why things area as they are - but through the combination of personal history, candid interviews and highlighting the double sided nature of what has happened he finds a way of weaving a story that is (mostly) balanced and educational. For the first time, I understand much better the plight of the palestinians - from the beginning of the Zionist thrust post WW2 that stemmed from a need for a secure place to avoid further (Holocaust type) persecution through to the more recent settlements of the West Bank. I also think that because the book deals with the more recent (2013/14) situation vis a vis Iran, it offers a unique perspective looking forwards as to what might be in the pipeline to come. Rarely have I found a book (last one was Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond) that is impossible to put down.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2016 18:11:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2016 18:12:26 GMT
I too am a Gentile with no close Jewish friends, yet I cannot agree that most accounts of the Zionist enterprise are verbose and unreadable, and frankly I wouldn't start with this muddled attempt at exculpation. A life of Hertzl and AJ Sherman's Mandate Days would set the scene, followed by any number of accounts of disillusioned British Jews who've made aliyah and returned broken-hearted. (I'm blagging because I can't remember the name of the book I have in mind!) The future? It will all end in tears. Thanks to the interfering of Blair and Bush (who was only clumsily trying to save face, let us remember, following his country's humiliation) we shall see a return to the Middle Ages from which the world will never recover

Posted on 31 Jan 2016 18:41:26 GMT
I see Mandate Days is going for £3.93 in hardback, including 61 plates - bargain! Likewise, instead of Herzl, Geoffrey Wheatcroft's (thoroughly sympathetic) Controversy of Zion cannot fail to entertain
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