War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle


10 thoughts on “War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land

  1. Mike Mike says:

    Is there ever a time when the Middle East is not in crisis War Without End Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land earns 4 Stars on the unofficial page marker scale, a near forest of little paper scraps sticking up to mark excerpts I want to reread Despite being written in 2001, with a quick epilogue noting 9 11, the book is very relevant to the never ending struggle in the Middle East I wasn t sure what to expect from a lapsed Italian Roman Catholic reporter for the Dai Is there ever a time when the Middle East is not in crisis War Without End Israelis, Palestinians, and the Struggle for a Promised Land earns 4 Stars on the unofficial page marker scale, a near forest of little paper scraps sticking up to mark excerpts I want to reread Despite being written in 2001, with a quick epilogue noting 9 11, the book is very relevant to the never ending struggle in the Middle East I wasn t sure what to expect from a lapsed Italian Roman Catholic reporter for the Daily Telegraph What you get is a reasonably fair account of the Israelis and how Israel came to be and what has occurred up to 2001 I take away a star because the book is also a mostly uncritical look at the Palestinian victims resulting from establishing Israel Israelis are held responsible for their actions while Palestinians generally are not Additionally, the Palestinian story is not told in the same depth and breadth as their counterparts.This book is filled with interesting facts and anecdotes The story rapidly goes from ancient times and begins to cover the 19th Century rise of the Zionist movement The evolution of ideas about the Promised Land with Herzl and others is very interesting The migration of Jews to Palestine and how they began to build a life on the land flows nicely The reaction of the Ottomans and the local population is also covered Trouble is foreseen In 1905, Negib Azoury, a Maronite Christian who had served in Jerusalem as an Ottoman official and later moved to Paris, penned an Arab nationalist manifesto entitled Le R veil de la Nation Arabe, a work permeated with European anti Semitism Even though it had little impact in its time, it became something of a prophetic warningTwo important phenomena, of the same nature but opposed, which have still not drawn anyone s attention, are emerging at this moment in Asiatic Turkey They are the awakening of the Arab nation and the latent effort of the Jews to reconstitute on a very large scale the ancient kingdom of Israel Both these movements are destined to fight each other continually until one of them wins. What the book makes clear is the inability of two peoples, both victims of history, to find a way to make peace The problem with this book is that it doesn t really point the finger at Palestinians all that much A better explanation of the Palestinian side is found in The High Cost of Peace How Washington s Middle East Policy Left America Vulnerable to Terrorism It is unlikely the Palestinians will find a way to a peaceful solution in any foreseeable future The Gulf War of 1991 offered them several opportunities to move forward Maybe it was just too hard Not much romance running a government instead of revolutionary struggle A Palestinian leader after the Oslo Agreement When I saw Ta mari in 1998, Palestinian euphoria at the diplomatic breakthrough had already given way to weariness over the drudgery of negotiation, and disillusionment with the corruption, authoritarian practices, and sheer ineptness of Arafat s Palestinian Authority Maybe we over romanticized the whole thing When it comes down to it, it s not so romantic dealing with sewage, taxation, salaries, and unemployment, mused Ta mari. The two state solution is, in Ta mari s view, itself an interim step I have not abandoned my dream of a democratic state in all of Palestine where Palestinians Jews and non Jews will live together That is a bunch of BS There is no way the Palestinians would let the Jews live in the land from the river to the sea It would be a graveyard no, it would be another crematory if the Palestinians would gain control of the entire area There is no freaking way the Israelis will give Palestinians any power over them The result of completely leaving Gaza, as Sharon did, shows how ridiculous it would be to give upland at present It is a little surprising to see the parallels between the sides The Jews lived in many lands, under many different rulers in their long Diaspora Right now the Palestinians have to live under many different rulers in many lands A Palestinian poet captured it nicely Palestinians have struggled as much against Arab kings and presidents as they have against the Jews Mureed Barghouthy, a prominent poet who has lived in several Arab countries, addressed these lines to Palestinian exiles To every citizen there is one ruler.You alone are favored with twentyin twenty capitals.If you made one of them angry,the law would claim your headand if you honored one of themthe rest would want you dead.There are many interesting insights into the Israeli side and some good ones on the Palestinian side How Hebrew was resurrected to become a modern languageHow survivors of the Holocaust were treated initially and laterWhat happened at Deir Yassin and other sites that assume mythic statusWhat caused the Intifadas and what happened during themThe role of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, secularism in the regionSo muchto cover Highly recommended


  2. Phil Phil says:

    This book starts off great and provides a pretty thorough, unapologetic version of events of the last 150 years that has led to the Mid East crisis The best chapter unequivocally is Chapter 5 Vicitms of Victims, where La Guardia deftly traces the miseries the Jewish people experienced in Europe that culminated in the Holocaust and led to the 1947 U.N partition of Isreal and Palastine and a whole lotta fun since T he two tragedies are inextricably entwined, writes La Guardia They are pa This book starts off great and provides a pretty thorough, unapologetic version of events of the last 150 years that has led to the Mid East crisis The best chapter unequivocally is Chapter 5 Vicitms of Victims, where La Guardia deftly traces the miseries the Jewish people experienced in Europe that culminated in the Holocaust and led to the 1947 U.N partition of Isreal and Palastine and a whole lotta fun since T he two tragedies are inextricably entwined, writes La Guardia They are part of the same mosaic of conflict over Palestine If the Jews were the victims of the Nazis, the Palestinians in many ways are the victims of the victims For each side, the trauma is a defining moment in its history, and the memory of the tragedy lies at the core of national identity Where this book falls shorts is its effort to be contemporary Since it was written in 2001, the last 100 pages or so are dedicated,or less, to the dynamic between Yasser Arafat and Ariel Sharon Arafat died shortly after the book s publication in a French hospital and Ariel Sharon fell into a coma in early 2006 that he would never wake from A lot has happened since then New players have emerged New battles have been fought, including the most recent incursion in Gaza with Hamas The tragedy is that in last 13 years so muchhas happened that would fill severalchapters This is a self perpetuating cycle of violence and mistrust that will warrant additional revisions and volumes if anyone has the stamina to keep up


  3. Kurt Kurt says:

    The Palestinian conflict has been something that I wanted to learnabout for a very long time In the United States it seems almost impossible to read or hear anything about the issue without also noting extreme bias and ignorance in the message In the U.S that bias is nearly always slanted in favor of Israel and the Jews and against Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims But since becoming an adult, I have learned a little bit about confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and the absurdity o The Palestinian conflict has been something that I wanted to learnabout for a very long time In the United States it seems almost impossible to read or hear anything about the issue without also noting extreme bias and ignorance in the message In the U.S that bias is nearly always slanted in favor of Israel and the Jews and against Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims But since becoming an adult, I have learned a little bit about confirmation bias, cognitive dissonance, and the absurdity of rigid right vs wrong dichotomies in cultural and philosophical debates So I have long known that the conflicts in the Middle East are farcomplex than most people here in the U.S understand Simply imagining oneself as a productive land owning Palestinian who has been forcibly removed from his property so it could be turned over to Jewish hands would make most people realize that Israel is not innocent in this conflict and that Palestinians might have some valid grievances But most people in the U.S either refuse to imagine themselves in such a scenario or deny that such things actually happened, or else they simply prefer to remain ignorant of the facts while relying on their faith based dualistic ideology War Without End has been very helpful to me in understanding the history of what has led to the present crisis The author has spent many years living in the Holy Land and seems quite well informed on the subject Arab, Muslim, Jewish, Israeli, Christian, and Palestinian viewpoints are all treated fairly in my opinion A long term solution seems impossible due to the numerous extremists on all sides who refuse to accept even the partial validity of the claims and rights of others who differ from them and who are also currently dwelling in the region This book does a good job of explaining all the reasons for this.This book was written in 2000 and updated after the events of September 11, 2001, so it is a little dated nothing is told of the events of the past 12 years In my opinion it also could have been shortened a little Sometimes it just got bogged down indetail than I preferred, and I found myself skimming over a few pages But overall, it was a very educational and interesting book


  4. Roger DeBlanck Roger DeBlanck says:

    Anton La Guardia spent most of the 1990s as a correspondent in the Middle East He gained close range experience from pivotal events and sought exclusive insight from integral figures that fed his desire to look deeper into the Israeli Palestinian conflict Using a seamless blend of history and commentary, he traces back the ancient sources of the problems that have led to the intractable battle over the holy land for the past two thousand years He also investigates why the many attempted solut Anton La Guardia spent most of the 1990s as a correspondent in the Middle East He gained close range experience from pivotal events and sought exclusive insight from integral figures that fed his desire to look deeper into the Israeli Palestinian conflict Using a seamless blend of history and commentary, he traces back the ancient sources of the problems that have led to the intractable battle over the holy land for the past two thousand years He also investigates why the many attempted solutions have failed to solidify a lasting peace He provides tremendous balance and understanding to the different perspectives of both sides who have been victims of the catastrophic violence He brings a journalist s skills of observation and lends an arbitrator s position of neutrality to the extensive research he presents to illuminate the social and psychological travails that divide the Jews and the Arabs This is a remarkable book, an intense and intelligent study of the history, culture, and politics of the Israeli Palestinian struggle La Guardia has made an outstanding contribution to the historical literature of the continuing Middle East crisis


  5. Randall Pratt Randall Pratt says:

    This is a reasonably balanced look at Arab and Jewish culture and history of modern day Israel The author largely succeeds in his attempt to look at culture, politics, emotion and history from many points of view that exist on both sides of the Arab Jew divide Culturally, he finds gems that exist in each culture and also exposes points of ugliness In treating history, he valiantly attempts to view events from different perspectives This book will be of interest to those who would like to get This is a reasonably balanced look at Arab and Jewish culture and history of modern day Israel The author largely succeeds in his attempt to look at culture, politics, emotion and history from many points of view that exist on both sides of the Arab Jew divide Culturally, he finds gems that exist in each culture and also exposes points of ugliness In treating history, he valiantly attempts to view events from different perspectives This book will be of interest to those who would like to get a view of Israel s history without resorting to a one sided polemic The edition that I read was published in February of 2003, so events of the last 6 years are, of course, not covered the death of Arafat, Sharon s incapacitation, the election of Hamas in Gaza, etc It was interesting to see that some of LaGuardia s insights proved prescient


  6. Alex Alex says:

    I picked up this book expecting of course, a history of the Palestinian Arab conflict There is a lot of information here, but it felt like historical events were only a framework There is only about an encyclopedia s article worth of straightforward narrative history, and that s not to say its poor coverage, but most of the book focuses on actual people and their personal experiences.You ll learn about topics as varied as the history of Zionism, modern rock bands, struggles between Israeli sec I picked up this book expecting of course, a history of the Palestinian Arab conflict There is a lot of information here, but it felt like historical events were only a framework There is only about an encyclopedia s article worth of straightforward narrative history, and that s not to say its poor coverage, but most of the book focuses on actual people and their personal experiences.You ll learn about topics as varied as the history of Zionism, modern rock bands, struggles between Israeli secularists and the Orthodox, management of the Holy Sites, stories of the the Holocaust, terrorism committed by both sides, holiday traditions, and the variety of ethnic diversity in the region You get a sense of the many subtleties within the conflict, the different approaches, and even internal conflicts within Israel and Palestine respectively.It really shows throughout the chapters that the author s been personally invested in the region, both Palestine and Israel Operation Defensive Shield strangely seemed to getattention than any other of Israel s conflicts, but that s because the author was actually present My favorite parts were those about Palestine, maybe because I knew so little about it After being overshadowed by coverage of Israel it does emerge between the pages as its own distinct nation with its intellectuals, institutions, physical location, infrastructure and hopes for the future The greatest flaw in this book and honestly for any history of a volatile region is how quickly and inevitably it becomes outdated It s almost been twenty years since it was published Otherwise it s a decent introduction to the region especially for those that don t like encyclopedic, narrative coverage of history


  7. Vamsi Krishna Vamsi Krishna says:

    When it comes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, there is no doubt that there is much emotion drawn out from both sides Some people have told me they cannot make up their mind about this issue because of how biased both sides present themselves in the argument Who it is atfault when it comes to this conflict, the Jews or the Arabs I understand that Israel is our ally and we should protect it the same way we protect other capitalistic democracies globally, but I also believe that it sho When it comes to the Israeli Palestinian conflict, there is no doubt that there is much emotion drawn out from both sides Some people have told me they cannot make up their mind about this issue because of how biased both sides present themselves in the argument Who it is atfault when it comes to this conflict, the Jews or the Arabs I understand that Israel is our ally and we should protect it the same way we protect other capitalistic democracies globally, but I also believe that it should not be ignored for its illegal occupation and settlement building, human rights abuses, and ethnic cleansing in 1948 But I also understand now that BOTH SIDES are at fault to some degree when it comes to this conflict If you are looking for a book to showcase to you the plight of both the Jews and the Arabs, one that will give a complete and unbiased approach to the situation at hand, then this is the perfect book for you.This book is engaging and immensely resourceful at being an impartial look at the conflict and provide the history as such Anton La Guardia tells you how both sides are at fault and how they have their positives and negatives This isn t reading Noam Chomsky s stance on the conflict nor isn t Alan Dershowitz s It is essentially a mix of the two to tell an unbiased version of the history of the land and of the people living there and how they interacted with each other.I have always advocated for a two state solution and nominating who Trump nominated as the ambassador to Israel is my second LEAST FAVORITE thing he has done so far and I don t like the embassy being moved to Jerusalem This book affirms my views and it will help you understand my stance Highly, highly recommend 9.3 10


  8. Maureen Maureen says:

    Well organized, well written and reasonably balanced survey of the historical context, ideological dimensions of the Arab Jewish conflict over control of Palestine essential reading for the times one of the better efforts to provide insight into both parties, and their many advocates, to dispute It should be mandatory reading still Though it is not hot off the press, it is still, in great part, immensely relevant and illustrates well the painful reality that in real life there are no good gu Well organized, well written and reasonably balanced survey of the historical context, ideological dimensions of the Arab Jewish conflict over control of Palestine essential reading for the times one of the better efforts to provide insight into both parties, and their many advocates, to dispute It should be mandatory reading still Though it is not hot off the press, it is still, in great part, immensely relevant and illustrates well the painful reality that in real life there are no good guys


  9. Doug Doug says:

    The most balanced, comprehensive narrative of the problems in Israel I ve ever come across Author was a reporter based in Tel Aviv for 10 years Not a straight history per seof a grand view of the problem with enough history for context mixed with stories of prominent and ordinary people on both sides Wonderfully evocative narrative that makes it compellingly readable.


  10. Tamarsmith Tamarsmith says:

    I thought this book was superb and sensible It and another book, alas, contributed to my foolish argument with my friend Ed re the Israelis and Palestinians Impossible situation about which the book makes a lot of sense I am very intrigued by the fact that the Israelis in particular clearly don t want to solve the Israel Palestine problem.


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  • 06 October 2019
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