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For many years, the conflict between Jews and Arabs has affected Middle East politics. In their struggle to establish a Jewish state in a hostile region, the founding citizens of Israel put aside their cultural and religious differences to fight as a unified nation. Ironically, it was the prospect of peace that brought these differences back into the light. Israel became challenged by deep divisions within. The founders did not envision this divided nation--but the founders are gone. Today's Israelis must decide ...

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For many years, the conflict between Jews and Arabs has affected Middle East politics. In their struggle to establish a Jewish state in a hostile region, the founding citizens of Israel put aside their cultural and religious differences to fight as a unified nation. Ironically, it was the prospect of peace that brought these differences back into the light. Israel became challenged by deep divisions within. The founders did not envision this divided nation--but the founders are gone. Today's Israelis must decide how to carry the founding vision forward. How will Israel's past shape its future? How will its people answer the looming questions of race, religion, citizenship--and nationhood itself? The answers lie in an extraordinary history--and a future only to be imagined.

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Catholic Library World
"useful...sound in its presentation of the details of Israel's emergence as a modern state...highly recommended"
AJL Newsletter
"highly readable...recommended"
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Perry spent four years covering Israel from Tel Aviv for Associated Press, and was previously a political reporter for an Israeli newspaper. He traces the historical internal divisions of the country, beginning with the Six Day War of 1967, and explores Israel's three deeply divisive internal issues<-->citizenship, race, and religion. He argues that the Jewish state must come to terms with enormous questions of nationhood. B&w photos were provided by the Israeli Government Press Office photograph archive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786474011
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/12/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 221
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Israel, veteran foreign correspondent Dan Perry has covered major political events from postings in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He lives in London. Former United States diplomat and Red Cross officer Alfred Ironside helped launch the English edition of Tel Aviv's Ha'aretz, where he served as senior editor. Now employed in public relations for UNICEF, he lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2000

    insightful, incisive, and entertaining

    Authors Perry and Ironside cut through the complexities of Israeli society to offer a clear and perceptive analysis of how Israel's past has shaped its present, a present in which deep, disturbing social divisions are coming to a boil. The starkness of these divisions emerges as the authors ask probing questions of Israelis occupying various positions on the political and social spectrum - Arab and Jew, secular and religious - and deftly weave the interviews, as well as memoir, together with their analysis. The authors' journalistic talents and experience are evident throughout the book, which reads like a good travel narrative. While the reader will feel like he has been taken on an entertaining journey, he will also come away with a clear understanding of the extreme positions being staked out among Israel's people, positions that may tear the nation apart and leave some groups utterly disefranchused, unless Israelis can find a way to renegotiate the delicate balancing act that has kept Israel's quest for permanence alive for the past 50 years.

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