ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: REAPPRAISALS, REFUTATIONS, REVISIONS
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