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Book Review: Israel's Political Dilemma

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This is the eighth in a series of reviews of new books on Middle Eastern affairs. We asked Dr. Gail Weigl, an APN volunteer and a professor of art history, to review Shlomo Hasson's new book on Israel's geopolitical dilemma in a changing Middle East.

Shlomo Hasson, Israel's Geopolitical Dilemma and the Upheavals in the Middle East, translated by Mairav Zonszein (College Park: University of Maryland Institute for Israeli Studies, 2013). 92 pages.

This slim, densely written book is recommended to anyone interested in Israel's future as a democratic state.  It is particularly relevant to those who seek to understand that future in the context of regional and global social, political, economic and cultural developments.  It is the work of an analyst steeped in knowledge of the geopolitical circumstances confronting Israel, her allies and enemies, with the added advantage of presenting a lucid and canny synopsis of how those circumstances are impacted by conditions as diverse as the changing face of the Arab world, and the challenges facing the United States as a global power. 

Israel Study Tour Suggested Readings

Following is a list of short essays and articles that members of APN's Israel study tour who want to learn more about some of the issues may want to check out. 

None of this reading is either required or expected of the participants. It is not even to be taken as "recommended reading." It is simply a list of resources for those who seek some additional background and analysis on issues that may come up in our discussion. 

New book recommendation from Mark Rosenblum: The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories by Neil Caplan.

Palestinian State Building

1. Nathan J. Brown, "Are Palestinians Building a State?," Carnegie Commentary (June, 2010)  
2. Hussein Ibish, "Foreign Policy: 'While No One's Looking, the Palestinian's Are Building a State,'" (In the Archives: "Recommended Readings," p. 2) 
3. Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "The Nation: 'A Visit With Salam Fayyad,'" April 5, 2010. 


Jerusalem

1. Letty Cottin Pogrebin, "Huffington Post: 'Eyewitness Report on the Judaization of East Jerusalem,'" March 26, 2010. (In the Archives, 'Recommended Readings," p. 4) 
2. Jo-Ann Mort, "Jerusalem: Going for the Gold," Dissent Magazine, January 8, 2010 (In the Archives: "Recommended Readings," p. 5) 
3. Lara Friedman and Daniel Seidemann, "Jerusalem, Settlements, and the 'Everybody Knows' Fallacy," The Middle East Channel, Foreign Policy, March 19, 2010.


Hamas-Fatah

1. Jo-Ann Mort, "Prospect Magazine: 'New Hope for Palestine?'", August 8, 2009 (Archives: "recommended Readings," p. 6) 
2. Nathan Brown, "Carnegie Endowment: 'The Green Elephant in the Room: Dealing with the Hamas Party-State in Gaza,'" Web Commentary, by administration, June 3, 2009. (Archives: "Recommended Reading," p. 7) 


Mood on the Street in Israel

1. Tamar Hermann, "Israeli Democracy and the Emergence of Grassroots (Anti) Politics," "What is Anti-Politics?," (September 14, 2008; updated June 3, 2010), "The Emergence of Antipolitical Sentiment in Israel" (June 1, 2010; updated June 3, 2010) 
2. Karl Vick, "Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace," Time Magazine, September 2, 2010


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