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Title:
Sharing the Promised Land : a tale of Israelis and Palestinians
Author:
Hiro, Dilip.
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Olive Branch Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxvii, 372 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781566563208

9781566563192
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Book

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Dilip Hiro, one of the most experienced of Middle East hands, provides readers with a comprehensive chronicle of Israeli and Palestinian lives, shaped by negotiation and confrontation, right up to the present.


Summary

Dilip Hiro, one of the most experienced of Middle East hands, provides readers with a comprehensive chronicle of Israeli and Palestinian lives, shaped by negotiation and confrontation, right up to the present.


Reviews 4

Library Journal Review

This is a highly readable book about the trials and tribulations of Arabs and Jews in Israel today. Hiro, an Indian-born veteran journalist who has written extensively on the contemporary Middle East, provides a fascinating tale of hopes and shattered dreams among Palestinians and Israelis. Furthermore, the author goes beyond the headlines to reveal the contours of everyday struggles by ordinary people and their leaders. The book profiles the main players in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and describes the competing claims of both sides to the "Promised Land." The conflict between secular and religious groups in both Jewish and Arab communities is described in detail, as is the increasingly important role of the Israeli Arabs in consolidating the peace process. The author also describes, in a balanced and objective fashion, internal contradictions within Palestinian and Israeli societies. This engaging book is highly recommended for both lay readers and students of the Arab-Israeli conflict.ÄNader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Hiro, a prolific expert on the contemporary Middle East, offers a unique approach to the frequently discussed Arab-Israeli conflict. Vignettes and life stories of interviewees he encountered throughout his travels in Israel and Palestine frequently illustrate political points. Discussion of current situations is interwoven with historical background facilitating understanding of the present. After initial chapters on Jerusalem, the book is divided between discussion of life and politics in Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza. Chapters on Israel focus on the status and problems of the Sephardi (Mizrachi) community; Israel's Christian and Muslim Arab citizens; and Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, whom Hiro calls the "New Frontiersmen" or "Zealots on the Hills." A chapter on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) discusses how the "new historians" and their critical analyses are changing perceptions of the military, which had been glorified for their heroism. Several chapters on the Palestinians trace the origins of the PLO and its transition from an armed resistance movement to "red-carpet respectability." Hiro's conclusion examines issues to be confronted in a peace settlement--refugees, borders, Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, the future status of Jerusalem. The epilogue condemns Netanyahu for doing the "utmost to wreck the peace process." Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Peretz SUNY at Binghamton


Library Journal Review

This is a highly readable book about the trials and tribulations of Arabs and Jews in Israel today. Hiro, an Indian-born veteran journalist who has written extensively on the contemporary Middle East, provides a fascinating tale of hopes and shattered dreams among Palestinians and Israelis. Furthermore, the author goes beyond the headlines to reveal the contours of everyday struggles by ordinary people and their leaders. The book profiles the main players in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and describes the competing claims of both sides to the "Promised Land." The conflict between secular and religious groups in both Jewish and Arab communities is described in detail, as is the increasingly important role of the Israeli Arabs in consolidating the peace process. The author also describes, in a balanced and objective fashion, internal contradictions within Palestinian and Israeli societies. This engaging book is highly recommended for both lay readers and students of the Arab-Israeli conflict.ÄNader Entessar, Spring Hill Coll., Mobile, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Choice Review

Hiro, a prolific expert on the contemporary Middle East, offers a unique approach to the frequently discussed Arab-Israeli conflict. Vignettes and life stories of interviewees he encountered throughout his travels in Israel and Palestine frequently illustrate political points. Discussion of current situations is interwoven with historical background facilitating understanding of the present. After initial chapters on Jerusalem, the book is divided between discussion of life and politics in Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza. Chapters on Israel focus on the status and problems of the Sephardi (Mizrachi) community; Israel's Christian and Muslim Arab citizens; and Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, whom Hiro calls the "New Frontiersmen" or "Zealots on the Hills." A chapter on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) discusses how the "new historians" and their critical analyses are changing perceptions of the military, which had been glorified for their heroism. Several chapters on the Palestinians trace the origins of the PLO and its transition from an armed resistance movement to "red-carpet respectability." Hiro's conclusion examines issues to be confronted in a peace settlement--refugees, borders, Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, the future status of Jerusalem. The epilogue condemns Netanyahu for doing the "utmost to wreck the peace process." Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. Peretz SUNY at Binghamton