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3.0 out of 5 stars It's short, 22 Aug. 2014
This review is from: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
It's an introduction. And it's short.

That's it, really. All of us need a bit of help to form informed views of the mess that is the current Gaza/Israel conflict. This book is a very useful way in.

And it's short. Did I already say that? Well, brevity is a good and a bad thing. On the plus side, it's more accessible for the newbie than some thick, rambling tome - so you achieve a state of enlightenment fairly quickly. On the negative side, that enlightenment isn't informed (really) by any insights into the ideological origins of the conflict, so Bunton attempts to handle everything from the perspective of the (fairly recent) history. This means that there is a huge amount that gets left out and that, coupled with a palpable underlying antipathy to the whole 'Zionist project' leaves the reader tending to favour the Palestinian cause rather than leaving one in a state of neutrality.

Personally, I feel that without an understanding of the ideological aspects, one is left in the unhelpful position of ending up sympathising with one party, or the other, simply due to the relative balance of casualties and suffering. And, there may be very good reasons why that is not a valid basis for understanding matters. Of course, in a 'Very Short Introduction', you don't really get any of that.
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