Amos Elon has been reflecting and reporting on the state of Israel since 1967. His essays and reportage collected in this volume provide insights into Israeli paradoxes, passions and predicaments in recent times. The volume includes essays on Moshe Dayan's romantic and unsettling influence on the national imagination, the moves towards peace with the Palestinians, and Israel's precarious neutrality in the Gulf war.
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A genuine and intelligent critical inquiry into the nature of contemporary Israeli politics and its Zionist ideology and the development of Palestinian statehood by one of Israel's most prominent literati. In an often trenchant tone, Elon explores the conditions that brought about the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the ascendance of the political right in Israel. The author reflects on the Palestinians' plight and their encouragement of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf crisis. Library Journal A series of poignant snapshots-grim reminders of Israel's underside, eloquent testimonials to the dark rhythms of life in the Middle East. The Washington Post One could not ask for a more informed and discerning guide than Elon to both what is tiresomely old and startlingly new between Israeli Jews and their Arab antagonists and partners. Kirkus Reviews Well-written and incisive. Publishers Weekly Elon's meaty essays deserve to stand as history. Booklist Touching upon the sacred cows of Israeli society, Elon has provided the reader with a comprehensive and coherent literary portrayal of the changing attitudes towards the Holocaust during the latter half of the twentieth century. Bulletin of the Arnold & Leona Finkler Institute First published three years ago, the collection has been fully revised in the light of recent developments and a new introduction was written after Prime Minister Ehud Barak's landslide election victory last year. It is worth reading for this introduction alone, a remarkable crystallization of three decades of Israeli politics in 20 pages. The Japan TimesAbout the Author:
Amos Elon is the author of ISRAELIS: FOUNDERS AND SONS and HERZL. He is now writing A SLOW FIRE: THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN GERMANY for Penguin.
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