Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy by Shlomo Ben-Ami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A thorough and well-written work on this tragic conflict, that even as I started reading this was in the media headlines, again.
Ben-Ami is Israeli, but his book is as objectively written as I have read. He doesn't give easy, pat answers to the problem; and, he doesn't try to pigeonhole the problem into this or that category. It's not all about religion; and it is also not all about politics.
He makes an effort to show how both sides have dropped the ball in the peace process, and makes no excuses for either: making it quite clear that both sides have done atrocious things to the other.
If you want to get up to date on what is happening in this critical geographical location and what has gone on before, this is an excellent place to begin.
I took a while for my first read through because I wanted the depth as well as the breadth of what was and is happening in this conflict.
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