Read Enemies and Neighbors: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 Online Free - In Enemies and Neighbors, Ian Black, who has spent over three decades covering events in the Middle East and is currently a fellow at the London School of Economics, offers a major new history of the Arab-Zionist conflict from 1917 to today, published on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
Laying the historical groundwork in the final decades of the Ottoman era, when the first Zionist settlers arrived in the Holy Land, Black draws on a wide range of sources--from declassified documents to oral histories to his own vivid on-the-ground reporting--to recreate the major milestones in the most polarizing conflict of the modern age, and from both sides. In the third year of World War I, the seed was planted for an inevitable clash: Jerusalem governor Izzat Pasha surrendered to British troops and foreign secretary Lord Balfour issued a fateful document promising the establishment of "a national home for the Jewish people." The chronicle takes us through the Arab rebellion of the 1930s; the long shadow of the Nazi Holocaust; the war of 1948--culminating in Israel's independence and the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe); the "cursed victory" of the Six-Day War of 1967 and the Palestinian re-awakening; the first and second Intifadas; the Oslo Accords; and other failed peace negotiations and continued violence up to 2017.
Combining engaging narrative with historical and political analysis and cultural insights, Enemies and Neighbors is both an accessible overview and a fascinating investigation into the deeper truths of a history that continues to dominate Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy, and which has preserved Palestinians and Israelis as unequal enemies and neighbors, their bitter conflict unresolved as prospects for a two-state solution have all but disappeared.
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December 23, 2017
I recently finished reading Ian Black’s book; Enemies and Neighbours, which is a history of the Arab-Zionist conflict from 1917 till 2017, one hundred years of historical events after the Balfour Declaration. For those not aware of its contents this is the Balfour Declaration as set down by the B...
December 04, 2017
The victims of "Control+Alt+Delete" - wry humour under occupation
This is a timely explanation of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the centenary year of the infamous glib Balfour Declaration in which the foreign secretary of what was then a major imperial power casually and irresponsibly promised the...
January 07, 2018
An acceptable introduction to the history of the conflict. But for depth, I recommend:
Goldberg, 'To the Promised Land' on the history of Zionist ideology;
Kimmerling, 'The Palestinian People' on the development of Palestinian nationhood;
Palumbo, 'The Palestinian Catastrophe' on the Nakba/War of In...