IS­RAEL AND PALES­TINE: REAP­PRAISALS, REFU­TA­TIONS, RE­VI­SIONS

The Jewish Chronicle - - Arts&entertainment -

RE­VIEWED BY COLIN SHINDLER

IN THIS IN­TER­EST­ING col­lec­tion of past writ­ings, Avi Sh­laim emo­tion­ally takes the side of the Pales­tini­ans, yet in­tel­lec­tu­ally and ra­tio­nally views the con­flict as a clash be­tween two na­tional move­ments. While this bal­ance is main­tained in his ear­lier work, more re­cent writ­ings are coloured by se­lec­tive out­rage.

The ex­pan­sion of the set­tle­ments, Rabin’s as­sas­si­na­tion, Ne­tanyahu’s dis­as­trous ad­min­is­tra­tion in the 1990s are all dis­sected in the book, yet lit­tle at­ten­tion is paid to the rise of Ha­mas and its re­jec­tion­ist ide­ol­ogy. Ha­mas’s de­ci­sion to send sui­cide bombers into Is­rael in March 1994 to de­stroy the Oslo

Avi Sh­laim (above) of­fers a se­lec­tive, par­tial view

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