War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land
  • War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land
  • War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land

War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land

by Anton La Guardia, Anton Guardia
     
 

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The struggles of the Israelis and Palestinians - with their terrible histories of disaster and redemption - command the obsessive attention of the world. Statesmen tinker with peace plans for the Middle East and generals worry about future wars there. Religious leaders stoke the violent passions of the devout while pilgrims flock to find God and archaeologists dig

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The struggles of the Israelis and Palestinians - with their terrible histories of disaster and redemption - command the obsessive attention of the world. Statesmen tinker with peace plans for the Middle East and generals worry about future wars there. Religious leaders stoke the violent passions of the devout while pilgrims flock to find God and archaeologists dig to find the origins of His revelations. All this goes on under the watchful eye of an army of reporters, observers, diplomatic envoys, and aid workers.

Between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, dreams and ideals collide with the reality of violent nationalist struggle, and God's name is invoked in defense of the jealousies of men. With the experienced journalist's eye for irony, anecdote, and telling detail, Anton La Guardia offers an intimate look into the Israelis as they come to terms with the "post-Zionist" demolition of national myths, and the Palestinians as they try to build their own state. A classic in the making, War Without End is the definitive book on Israel and her people.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
British journalist Anton La Guardia, diplomatic editor for the Daily Telegraph and for eight years its Middle East correspondent, offers an informed and objective history of the Middle East battles in War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land. Tracing the Zionist movement back to its 19th-century roots, as well as the birth of national identity of the Palestinians among whom the Zionists settled, La Guardia offers general readers a balanced background to what many fear may well be a war without end. (June) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An excellent, balanced survey of the troubled relations between Middle East neighbors over the last half-century. Scanning the news of the latest intifada, La Guardia, a correspondent and editor for London's Daily Telegraph, pointedly wonders, "How did it all go so wrong? How did the hope engendered by that handshake between Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin on the South Lawn of the White House turn to despair?" He gives a protracted, thoughtful answer that finds fault on many sides of the long struggle between Israel and Palestine-many sides, for there are not just two, as he takes pains to show. Neither Israel nor the Palestinian community is in any way monolithic, and neighboring countries have occasionally attempted to find advantage in their endless troubles and sometimes been caught up in the mess. For example, La Guardia writes, the Palestinian Black September terrorist movement, responsible for the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, originally devoted itself to waging war on Jordan, whose army had massacred thousands of Palestinians during an uprising two years earlier. Mixing historical narrative with on-the-ground reportage, the author addresses such issues as the Israeli right's campaign of expansion into Palestinian territories, the virulent anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial of the Arab press, the conflict between Zionists and Jewish fundamentalists, power struggles within the Palestinian Authority (one Palestinian leader observes that the latest intifada is a rebellion against both Israel and Arafat), and the baffling bonds that keep Israelis and Palestinians at such close quarters despite all the hatred. None of what La Guardia turns up is hopeful, and none of itinspires much confidence in the leadership on either side of the battle. Regrettably timely reading that also makes a welcome contribution to the literature of strife.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312316334
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
First Edition, Revised and Updated
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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