The Agony of the Promised Land
"The Agony of the Promised Land" is an excellent introduction to the fascinating and complex history of Israel and Palestine. Starting with the story of Abraham, it guides the reader through each era of Israeli and Palestinian history in concise sections, written in a compelling and accessible style. Using a wide variety of sources, Joshua Levy demonstrates an excellent understanding of the historical and political problems from the early Biblical period to today and skillfully analyses the main obstacles for peace and suggests a beam of hope for the future.
--Dr. Joanna Newman--Historian
As in the case of Solomon, two peoples holding a tiny peace of land and each claiming it is theirs. But unlike Solomon's case, a land can be divided, which seems to be the only solution to the conflict; and yet the protagonists are as far as ever from reaching this obvious conclusion. Fanatic Jews want all the Biblical land, and fanatic Palestinians want 'all or nothing', and while on the Israeli camp some voices of reason and moderation can be heard, the Palestinians resorted to violence and terror, undermining their own cause. What are the chances of reconciliation under such circumstances? Is there any hope for peace?