The Other Side of Despair by Daniel Gavron
Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land

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This compelling book takes the reader behind the headlines of the confrontation between Israelis and Palestinians, examining its human dimension and setting it in a balanced historical context. In the last decade of the millennium, the century-long conflict came within a hair's breadth of a solution through the Oslo Accords, only to explode in violence, hatred, and mutual recrimination, following the failed summit at Camp David in the summer of 2000.

In his search for understanding, Daniel Gavron talks to Israelis and Palestinians of all backgrounds and shades of opinion. Politicians and economists, entrepreneurs and writers, psychologists and teachers, men and women, veterans and youngsters, fervent militants and pragmatic realists all speak in these pages. We hear the Palestinian fighter and the Israeli soldier, the Jewish settler and the Arab Israeli, the negotiators from the opposite sides of the table, the bereaved parents.

These Israeli and Palestinian voices reflect the excruciating agony of both societies, conveying a searing reality that, although seemingly hopeless, emphasizes the basic humanity of both peoples. In a startling final section, the author proposes a daring old-new idea to lead the region out of its tragic morass.
 

About Daniel Gavron

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Daniel Gavron has been a reporter for the Israel National Radio and the Jerusalem Post. He is the founding editor of Palestine-Israel Journal and currently lives in Motza Elite, Israel.
 
Published November 19, 2003 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 272 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Other Side of Despair: Jews and Arabs in the Promised Land by Daniel Gavron 224pp, Rowman & Littlefield, £17.95 This seemed to me an important book when I read it;

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The idea has little currency in today's Middle East, but it's a measure of the failure of the two-state solution that, when Gavron points out the extent to which Israel and the territories are already enmeshed, the plan doesn't seem so ridiculous.

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