Israel and the Quest for Permanence


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About the Book

For many years, the conflict between Jews and Arabs has affected Middle East politics. In their struggle to establish a Jewish state in a hostile region, the founding citizens of Israel put aside their cultural and religious differences to fight as a unified nation. Ironically, it was the prospect of peace that brought these differences back into the light. Israel became challenged by deep divisions within. The founders did not envision this divided nation—but the founders are gone. Today’s Israelis must decide how to carry the founding vision forward. How will Israel’s past shape its future? How will its people answer the looming questions of race, religion, citizenship—and nationhood itself? The answers lie in an extraordinary history—and a future only to be imagined.

About the Author(s)

A native of Israel, veteran foreign correspondent Dan Perry has covered major political events from postings in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He lives in Israel.

Former United States diplomat and Red Cross officer Alfred Ironside helped launch the English edition of Tel Aviv’s Ha’aretz, where he served as senior editor. Now employed in public relations for UNICEF, he lives in New York City.

Bibliographic Details

Dan Perry with Alfred Ironside

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, map, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2012 [1999]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7401-1
eISBN: 978-0-585-37854-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Preface      1
Introduction: Nation      3

Part I. Emergence
1. VICTORY      15
2. SETTLEMENT      23
3. DISILLUSION      41
4. LIGHT      57
5. DARKNESS      77
6. EMERGENCE      93

Part II. Beyond
7. CITIZENS      117
8. SIBLINGS      135
9. GOD      157
10. BEYOND      179

Bibliography      203
Index      205

Book Reviews & Awards

“useful…sound in its presentation of the details of Israel’s emergence as a modern state…highly recommended”—Catholic Library World; “highly readable…recommended”—AJL Newsletter.