Once an active zionist who in the 1970s endured three years in a Soviet prison camp for his commitment to the cause, Markman at times reveals his own “emotional attitude”s, though he takes the time to justify via the historic record assertions like “The international community, personified by the UN, treats the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as the biggest of all. In reality, it is one of the smallest.” He makes the case that silence in the global media about “the dictatorial regimes of Gaza and the West Bank”—which passes little of its financial support to the Palestinian population—constitutes active support.
For the most part, though, this account is uncommonly clear-eyed, even empathetic, in its portrayal of the conflict’s many stakeholders, especially in Markman’s convincing geopolitical analysis or his tracking, over pages, of the course of beliefs among populations over decades, whether it be the Zionist promise of Palestine or the way active, nefarious misinformation flares and spreads anti-Semitism.
Takeaway: A mostly clear-eyed examination of the roots of Zionism and the reality of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Great for fans of: Meron Benvenisti’s Sacred Landscape, Shlomo Sand.
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