Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict A primer

Phyllis Bennis, 1951-

Book - 2015

With straightforward language, Phyllis Bennis, long time 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. Her answers point the way toward a comprehensive understanding of the long standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

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Northampton, Mass. : Olive Branch Press 2015.
Revised and updated 6th edition
Physical Description
viii, 200 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 194-200).
Main Author
Phyllis Bennis, 1951- (-)
  • Part I : The crisis
  • Part II : The other players : the role of the US, the UN, Arab states, and Europe
  • Part III : Recent history : rising violence
  • Part IV : Looking backward (1900-1991)
  • Part V : The future
  • Part VI : Update to the new edition : recent developments
  • Maps.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Revised and updated in a 6th edition that addresses recent developments through early 2015, this slim handbook from Bennis (Understanding ISIS and the New Global War on Terror: A Primer) uses the Socratic method to present a broad overview of the history of conflict in the Holy Land, Israel's illegal military occupation, and the moribund peace process. Bennis covers a great deal of background information in an efficient, easily digestible format; the book is divided into brief, thematically arranged question-and-answer sections that allow readers to quickly locate topics of interest. While supportive of the boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, Bennis remains ambiguous on potential solutions to the conflict, though she makes clear that the idea of a "two-state arrangement-dividing the total land of historic Palestine, now entirely under Israel's control-was never ultimately based on justice." Throughout, she contends that the United Nations, and ideally the General Assembly, should take center stage in negotiating a lasting settlement. Occasionally sloppy, Bennis confuses the minor right-wing Israeli parties Tsomet and Moledet, and makes a clumsy analogy between the consequences of NAFTA and a possible future Middle East arrangement. Despite its minor flaws, Bennis's book is useful for readers looking to boost their knowledge of this contentious topic. Maps. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review by Library Journal Review

This balanced and highly useful "primer" presents in question-and-answer form extensive explanations of recent events in the Israeli-Palestinian struggle. It explains both sides' needs and actions, the recent surge in violence, and the roles of the United States, the United Nations, the Arab States, and Europe. An essential volume by an experienced scholar and analyst at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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