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Understanding the Palestinian-israeli Conflict: a Primer (07 Edition)


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If you have ever wondered "Why is there so much violence in the Middle East?," "Who are the Palestinians anyway?," "What are the occupied territories?" or "What does Israel want?," then this is the book for you. With straightforward language, Phyllis Bennis, longtime analyst of the region, answers basic questions about Israel and Israelis, Palestine and Palestinians, the US and the Middle East, Zionism and anti-Semitism; about complex issues ranging from the Oslo peace process to the election of Hamas. Together her answers provide a comprehensive understanding of the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Bennis (Institute for Policy Studies) utilizes a question and answer format in order to provide a well-informed and, considering its brevity, surprisingly detailed primer on Israeli-Palestinian history and politics for an American audience seeking to understand US policy in the region. Bennis assumes almost no prior knowledge of the region and even answers such introductory questions as "Why are the Palestinians in Israel at all?" She also provides significant detail on UN resolutions concerning the conflict, the role of other states and the United Nations' in the conflict, the diplomatic intricacies of the so-called peace process, Israeli violations of international law, and the impact of important events such as the occupation of Iraq and the Israeli war in Southern Lebanon. All but the most expert will likely learn something and the neophyte will greatly benefit in understanding by reading this book. One small failing is the lack of any discussion, either positive or negative, of increasing calls for a binational one-state democratic solution, as opposed to the two-state solution, which remains the sole focus of Bennis's discussion of a just future. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


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Karl, January 14, 2009 (view all comments by Karl)
An excellent primer this book provides the reader a basic, yet comprehensive, understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. One also gains an understanding for the foreign polocies of the United States as related to the conflict. I found the question and answer format also lends the book to utilization as a quick reference quide to specific questions the reader may have in regards to the conflict. The format also makes it easy to go back and reflect on questions that relate to one another as they arise throughout the book. This relatively short read, easily finished in a few hours, has a brevity that I found somewhat disappointing. Questions are answered with a relative lack of discussion and depth. However, for the novice with no previous knowledge of the conflict it is an excellent tool.
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Bennis, Phyllis
Olive Branch Press
Middle East - Israel
United states
Middle East
Middle East Foreign relations.
United States Foreign relations.
International Relations - General
Middle East - General
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
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