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The Shortest History of Israel and Palestine

From Zionism to Intifadas and the Struggle for Peace

By Michael Scott-Baumann

An accessible, balanced history for anyone who wants to understand how the conflict originated and developed over the past century

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is one of the most bitter struggles in history, with profound global consequences. In this book, Middle East expert Michael Scott-Baumann succinctly describes its origins and charts its history from civil war to the present day. Each chapter offers a lucid explanation of the politics and ends with personal testimony from Palestinians and Israelis whose lives have been impacted by the dispute.

While presenting competing interpretations, Scott-Baumann examines key flashpoints, including the early role of the British, the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, the Six-Day War of 1967, and President Trump’s “Deal of the Century” in 2020. And he delineates the nature of Israeli control of Palestinian territories, along with Palestinian resistance—cutting to the heart of the clashes in recent decades. The result is an indispensable history with analysis of why efforts to restore peace have failed and what it will take to succeed.

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“This book is both necessary and accessible. So many people are mystified by this never-ending Middle East conflict. Here at last is a concise and readable account of a fundamental international issue of our time, one that has implications far beyond the region where it is set.”—Jon Snow, presenter of Channel 4 News (UK)
“A masterpiece of clarity, concision and balance.”—Professor Adam Sutcliffe, King’s College London
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February 28, 2023