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The Palestine-Israeli Conflict: Beginners Guides

With coverage of all the recent events, the new edition of this best-selling book gives a thorough and accessible account of the history behind the Palestine–Israeli conflict, its roots, and the possibilities for the future.

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Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Oneworld Publications (2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1780743807
ISBN-13: 9781780743806
Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm

An updated edition of this best-selling introduction to the conflict.

The book is divided into two parts: the first by an American rabbi and professor of Judaism, and the second by a Palestinian lecturer on Islam. The result is a real insight into the situation, with each author giving full vent to the emotions behind the two sides of the debate.

New material outlines recent developments, while an updated conclusion consists of a direct debate between the two authors, which raises many issues, yet offers real solutions to which future peace talks may aspire.


‘There are no dispassionate accounts of the conflict that racks the Holy Land, nor should there be. As this intelligent and important book makes clear, it is hard to be dispassionate when you believe that you are fighting for your life; and both the authors remind us that no less than this is what is felt to be at stake. But conflict is always intensified by ignorance. What this book does is to test how far we can go in mapping out a common history and exactly where and how this common history comes to be read differently. It offers no magical solution to this most persistent and harrowing conflict of our times, but it refuses to settle down with slogans, and models the possibility of a painful, honest – even angry – dialogue that does not simply freeze into mutual uncomprehending hatred.’

  • Dr. Rowan Williams, Master at Magdalene College, Cambridge

‘Offers a rare insight into the Palestine-Israeli dilemma while outlining political, religious, historical and emotional issues in the struggle for peace.’

  • Library Journal

‘A must for anybody interested in understanding the conflict in the Middle East.’

  • George Joffe, Director of Studies, Royal Institute for International Affairs, London

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