By Dan Cohn-Sherbok

With insurance of the entire fresh occasions, the hot variation of this best-selling ebook offers a radical and obtainable account of the historical past at the back of the Palestine-Israeli clash, its roots, and the probabilities for the long run. The e-book is split into components — the 1st through an American rabbi and Professor of Judaism, and the second one through a Palestinian lecturer on Islam. the result's a true perception into the placement, with every one writer giving complete vent to the sentiments at the back of the 2 aspects of the controversy. new chapters define contemporary advancements, whereas an up-to-date end contains an immediate debate among the 2 authors, which increases many concerns, but bargains actual recommendations to which destiny peace talks may perhaps aspire.

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From throughout Europe thousands of supporters came to his funeral. The next year the Seventh Zionist Congress rejected the East Africa project and declared the movement’s commitment to creating a Jewish National Home in Eretz Israel. This was to be the guiding policy of the Zionists throughout the century. qxp 3/14/2008 1:34 PM Page 19 The Zionist movement 19 and institutions in the Holy Land. By the middle of the nineteenth century approximately ten thousand Jews lived in Palestine. Most of these immigrants resided in Jerusalem; several hundred others settled in Safed, Acre and Jaffa.

Qxp 3/14/2008 1:34 PM Page 28 28 The Palestine–Israeli Conflict : A Beginner’s Guide Palestine, and a squadron of the Air Force was stationed in the area and a British Gendarmerie set up. No longer was there to be a military presence on the ground which would be sympathetic to the Arab population in opposition to British policy. During the years 1920–1 there were grave doubts about the possibility of establishing a Jewish National Home as proposed by the Balfour Declaration. Although Samuel sought to create representative institutions in Palestine, the Jewish population was fearful of representative institutions, since Jews constituted only eleven per cent of Palestine’s population.

During their discussion, Herzl encouraged the Kaiser to ask the Sultan if a chartered company for Jews in Palestine under German protection could be created. Initially it appears that the Kaiser viewed this plan favourably, but when he met with a Zionist delegation headed by Herzl in Jerusalem nothing was said about this plan. At the conclusion of his tour in Damascus, the Kaiser declared himself a friend of the Islamic people, and it became an official policy of Germany that no intervention in favour of Herzl’s state should be undertaken because of the damage it would inflict on Germany’s interests in Turkey.

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