By Jacob Shamir
Palestinian and Israeli Public Opinion is predicated on a special undertaking: the Joint Israeli-Palestinian ballot (JIPP). when you consider that 2000, Jacob Shamir and Khalil Shikaki have directed joint surveys between Israelis and Palestinians, delivering a unprecedented chance to ascertain public opinion on aspects of an intractable clash. Adopting a two-level video game thought method, Shamir and Shikaki argue that public opinion is a multifaceted phenomenon and a serious participant in overseas politics. They learn how the Israeli and Palestinian publics' tests, expectancies, mutual perceptions and misperceptions, and overt political motion fed into household coverage formation and overseas negotiations -- from the failure of the 2000 Camp David summit throughout the moment Intifada and the elections of 2006. A dialogue of the study's implications for policymaking and strategic framing of destiny peace agreements concludes this well timed and informative e-book.
By Richard A. Gabriel
This is often richly attention-grabbing scholarship conveyed through a author, Richard A. Gabriel, in complete command of reader-friendly expository recommendations. those that tacitly see background as a cultural weapon, archaeological and differently, to advertise politically right or pacifist principles will locate little succor in Gabriel's smash-through-to-the-truth variety. now not that Gabriel does not speculate to aid us variety via attainable interpretive hypotheses.
Gabriel's procedure argues for a extra finished studying of the outdated testomony than is frequently allowed. as though invoking the Heisenberg Uncertainty precept, Gabriel argues that our interpretive filter out both permits us to determine or no longer see a selected concentration: "To regard the Bible as a non secular textual content makes it tough to treat it as an army textual content, for if one accepts the textual content as describing awesome occasions, one might be blinded to the textual content as army history." Is mild a wave or a particle? either, we resolution, yet no longer unavoidably on the similar time.
While Gabriel respects the Bible as essentially a spiritual textual content, he we could the reader recognize that his objective is to bare the army historical past, together with "logistics, strategies, manpower, fortifications, command and regulate, guns and guns manufacture, troop management, and armed forces strategy." Readers won't ever consider that Gabriel is doing whatever greater than illuminating what the writers of the outdated testomony have already placed there. To admire their intentions, the sacred and divine may still most sensible be learn within the context of battle and army defense.
It "has been everyday to treat Israelite army background as starting with Joshua and the conquest of Canaan," Gabriel argues, yet "when the textual content is learn in basic terms as army heritage, it seems that Exodus incorporates a wealth of knowledge heretofore now not addressed via army historians that sheds massive gentle at the army features of the Israelites earlier than the attack on Canaan."
The reader by no means feels that Gabriel's study is within the provider of any strings-attached ideological grasp. merely the gullible few will settle for government-sponsored "scholarship" in any box as being the forefront, tenure-seeking teachers excused for noticeable purposes.
Yes, I recognize Gabriel's battlefield savvy received from persevering biblical research--and his wrestle adventure throughout the warfare in Vietnam. the worth of this e-book is additionally glimpsed whereas observing his well-done "Bible Battles" application at the heritage Channel, to be had via Amazon.
By Ariel L. Feldestein, Merav Pagis
This booklet examines the connections among the cinema of the Yishuv (Ottoman and needed Palestine) and the Zionist thought. The e-book follows the plans to create the determine of the hot Jew in Eretz Yisrael, as a part of a private, nationwide, and common revolution, and it explores the determine and qualities of the pioneer. It additionally examines how cinema has offered the Zionist proposal. Cinema and Zionism analyzes the plots, the modes of expression, the subjects, and the ideological parts that typify those movies, and it positions them in the constitution of the Zionist notion. It additionally engages with connections among the Zionist suggestion and the cinema via a dialogue at the cinematic endeavors and the relationships among the filmmakers and nationwide associations. The correlation among the 2 histories is published with all its complexity and intensity. The ebook sheds gentle on a particular point of view within the narrative of Eretz Yisrael - that of the production and intake of a brand new tradition. The stories of engaged on the flicks - how they have been ready and shot, and their final reception - are interwoven with outlines of the movies themselves. jointly, they bring about a portrait of an ideological society that distilled occasions and incidents into myths geared toward forging the Zionist outlook and educating Zionist settlers towards gratifying its objectives. "...explicit, enlightening, and, from time to time, even provocative. It offers with the complicated and nonetheless correct factor of Zionist leaders' relationships among the American-Jewish associations and the latter's method of what used to be to turn into the kingdom of Israel, together with their makes an attempt to form the future of the nation-in-waiting throughout the first Jewish motion pictures produced in Palestine". Yael Munk, H-Judaic, H-Net reports, November 2012
By Seymour Gitin
William G. Dever is well-known because the doyen of North American archaeologist-historians who paintings within the box of the traditional Levant. he's most sensible referred to as the director of excavations on the website of Gezer yet has labored at quite a few different websites, and his many scholars have led dozens of different expeditions. He has been editor of the Bulletin of the yank faculties of Oriental learn, used to be for a few years professor within the influential archaeology software on the college of Arizona, and now in retirement keeps actively to write down and put up. during this quantity, forty six of his colleagues and scholars give a contribution essays in his honor, reflecting the extensive scope of his pursuits, relatively by way of the old implications of archaeology.
By Ben White
Palestinians in Israel considers a key factor overlooked by means of the professional "peace strategy" and such a lot mainstream commentators: that of the growing to be Palestinian minority inside Israel itself. What the Israeli right-wing calls "the demographic problem," Ben White identifies as "the democratic problem," which fits to the guts of the clash. Israel defines itself no longer as a nation of its electorate, yet as a Jewish country, regardless of the great and extending Palestinian inhabitants. White demonstrates how the constant emphasis on privileging one ethno-religious team over one other can't be noticeable as suitable with democratic values and that, until addressed, will undermine any makes an attempt to discover an enduring peace. person case reports are used to counterpoint this deeply proficient examine into the nice, unstated contradiction of Israeli democracy. it's a pioneering contribution so one can spark debate between all these enthusiastic about a answer to the Israel/Palestine clash
By John Loftus
A highly arguable paintings that exposes a sequence of scandals from Oliver North to the British royal relatives, the key conflict opposed to the Jews finds as a lot approximately political corruption within Western intelligence because it does approximately Israel. utilizing millions of formerly top-secret files and interviews with hundreds of thousands of present and previous spies, Loftus and Aarons, either veteran investigators, Nazi-hunters, and authors, current a compelling narrative.
The authors show that a number of Western international locations, in particular the U.S. and nice Britain, have performed repeated and willful spying missions on Palestine and later Israel over many many years. whereas at the floor those nations and others profess to be ardent allies of Israel, they paintings, in truth, via their intelligence providers to betray Israel's secrets and techniques to the Arabs. Their intent: oil and multinational earnings, which needs to be attained at any fee via foreign covert policies.
The festival of characters showing during this narrative is big and stunning. this isn't just a compelling paintings of historical past, but in addition a quantity whose grave allegations should be debated for years yet to come.
By Kenize Mourad
In 2002 celebrated novelist and journalist Kenize Mourad traveled via Israel and the occupied territories of the West financial institution and Gaza Strip, interviewing traditional Palestinians and Israelis who've been terribly contact by way of the clash among their peoples. This e-book tells their tales.
By Bassam Abu Sharif
Abu Sharif used to be one of many world’s so much infamous and hazardous terrorists within the 60’s and 70’s, performing as “minister of propaganda” for the Popular entrance for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and as a recruiter for terrorists like Carlos the Jackal. In 1972, a bomb used to be placed in a publication and despatched to him, leaving him half-blind, deaf in a single ear, and virtually fingerless. ultimately leaving behind using violence as a method to accomplish his Palestinian nationalist aspirations, he aligned himself with Yasser Arafat, ultimately turning into one in all his closest advisors.In this publication, Abu Sharif, usually along Arafat, takes us backstage of the entire significant occasions within the heart East over the past 30 years, from the key caves within the West financial institution the place Arafat concealed on his technique to Jerusalem in 1967 to the peace negotiations in Oslo in 1993. Arafat and the Dream of Palestine combines a deeply own account, educated by means of Abu Sharif’s shut courting with Arafat, with a gripping, profoundly human heritage of Palestine.
By Gabrielle V. Novacek
On January 29, 2005, the Oriental Institute celebrated the respectable public beginning of the Haas and Schwartz Megiddo Gallery. This party marked the go back of a few of the main awesome artifacts ever excavated within the southern Levant to everlasting public show. The Oriental Institute's prolific background of exploration within the area is testomony to a long-standing scholarly ardour for discovery and the pursuit of information. This quantity attracts from the momentum generated by means of the outlet of the Megiddo Gallery and current a variety of highlights from the Institute's higher Israel assortment.