Ghada Karmi

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Two rabbis visited Palestine in 1897 and observed that the land was like a bride, ‘beautiful, but married to another man’. This dilemma - the displacement of the Palestinian people - is one that Israel has never been able to resolve.

Now, after forty years of occupation, no current conflict is more dangerous than that between Israel and the Palestinians. The implications it has for regional and global security cannot be overstated. The peace process as we know it is dead and no solution is in sight. Nor, as this book argues, will that change until everyone involved in finding a solution accepts the real causes of conflict, and its consequences on the ground.

The book explains in fascinating detail the difficulties Israel’s existence created for the Arab world and why the search for a solution has been so elusive. Ultimately, the author argues that the conflict will end only once the needs of both Arabs and Israelis are accommodated equally. Her startling conclusions overturn conventional thinking - but they are hard to refute.


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"A compelling read. Her book is well-written and extraordinarily honest."
Dr Nur Masalha, Reader in Religion and Politics, Director of the Centre for Religion and History and of the Holy Land Research Project, St Mary’s University College, University of Surrey

"The destructive impact Zionism had on the Arab world and on Palestine in particular is presented in this book with lucidity and clarity. ... A must read!"
Ilan Pappe, author of A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples

“This is an important book…No other accounts of Israel’s history and its impact on the Palestinians that I know of shreds with such efficiency the hypocrisies, cruelties and inanities of what amounts to a systematic international attempt over the decades to deny the obvious and delay the inevitable. One of the most appealing aspects of this book is the way it combines a hard eye on Israeli motives with empathy for their fears”.  Guardian, 15 September 2007