Sharing the Promised Land: An Interwoven Tale of Israelis and Palestinians - Dilip HiroLondon: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little wear to the edges of the dust wrapper with a large, tape repaired, tear to the rear flap. Insignificant age-toning to the edges of the text block. The contents complete, clean and tight.
Includes: Black & white photographs on individual leaves;
From the cover: “On 13 September 1993, hundreds of millions of people saw history turn on its heel on the sunlit lawns of the White House in Washington. They witnessed two life-long enemies, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organisation Chairman Yasser Arafat, shake hands to solemnise an interim peace accord signed by their designated sides.
Despite periodic hiccups and delays, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process thus unveiled has progressed. The result is an elected Palestinian Council in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, presided over by Arafat, and the Palestinian Authority to administer self-rule. In Sharing The Promised Land, Dilip Hiro, a seasoned writer on the Middle East, takes stock of their historical relationship and presents a fascinating picture of the two nations as they grapple with the modalities of peaceful co-existence after a century of conflict.
Examining all facets of the complex situation, Sharing The Promised Land takes in the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem as well as the Tomb of Patriarchs/Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron; a Palestinian labourer and an Israeli member of parliament; an Islamic ideologue as well as a maverick Israeli historian; a hardline Talmudic academy in Jerusalem’s Old Town and the Islamic University in Hebron.
With detailed portraits of both Israel — through profiles of the ultra-Orthodox district of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem and biographies of the leading politicians as well as Israeli Arabs -and of the Palestinian territories — through analysis of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, the refugee camps and Hebron — Dilip Hiro illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. He judiciously weighs up the factors aiding or impeding the peace process, speculates about the time frame required for consolidating a lasting co-existence, and sketches out possible scenarios for the future.
An outstanding work of reportage and analysis, Sharing The Promised Land is a riveting and enlightening survey of the past and present of Israeli and Palestinian societies.”