Books:

Many books have been written from a variety of vantage points and that cover a variety of topics within the Israeli--‐Palestinian conflict. This list is not exhaustive, but the books here can serve as places to deepen one’s learning. They are listed alphabetically by the author’s last name within each category, and are organized by overall topic or genre: Historical Analysis, Narrative, and Theology.

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Historical Analysis

The Israeli--‐Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct Answers

By Dale Bourke

With all of the heat surrounding the Israeli-­‐Palestinian conflict, even the most basic facts can be hard to grasp. How do we make sense of what we read in the Bible―and what we read in the news? In this Skeptic’s Guide™, Dale Hanson Bourke sheds light on the places, terms, history, and current issues shaping this important region. Offering an even-­‐handed presentation of a range of views on the most controversial issues, she provides a framework for American Christians to use in understanding why the conflict occurred, why it continues―and what remains to be done. With maps, charts, photos, and quotes, the guide answers such tough questions as:

  • What is meant by a two-­‐state solution?
  • Who are the Palestinian Christians?
  • Do other countries help or hurt the peace process?
  • How does the Arab spring affect the conflict?

A Wall in Jerusalem

By Mark Braverman

Violence in Israel and Palestine has become the norm. Do we even understand this conflict? Do we know where it comes from? Why can't the two sides reach agreement? Can Jews and Palestinians find a way to coexist? An American Jew, Mark Braverman, thought he understood the reasons for Israel's existence. But when he visited the region and began to understand the forces that are fueling and perpetuating the conflict, he realized just how far we are from achieving peace. From the bustling communities on either side of the Jerusalem barrier, to the historical lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and South African apartheid, to the foremost voices in theology and conflict resolution today, Braverman answers the questions above and offers a course of action both at home and abroad to realize peace.

The Case for Peace: How the Arab--‐Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved

By Alan Dershowitz

In The Case for Peace, Dershowitz identifies twelve geopolitical barriers to peace between Israel and Palestine–and explains how to move around them and push the process forward. From the division of Jerusalem and Israeli counterterrorism measures to the security fence and the Iranian nuclear threat, his analyses are clear-­‐headed, well-­‐ argued, and sure to be controversial. According to Dershowitz, achieving a lasting peace will require more than tough-­‐minded negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. In academia, Europe, the UN, and the Arab world, Israel-­‐bashing and anti-­‐Semitism have reached new heights, despite the recent Israeli-­‐Palestinian movement toward peace. Surveying this outpouring of vilification, Dershowitz deconstructs the smear tactics used by Israel-­‐haters and shows how this kind of anti-­‐Israel McCarthyism is aimed at scuttling any real chance of peace.

A Path to Peace

By George Mitchell and Alon Sachar

The “illuminating” (Los Angeles Times) answer to why Israel and Palestine’s attempts at negotiation have failed and a practical, “admirably measured” (The New York Times) roadmap for bringing peace to the Middle East—by an impartial American diplomat experienced in solving international conflicts. George Mitchell knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland. But when he served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011—working to end the Israeli-­‐Palestinian conflict— diplomacy did not prevail. Now, for the first time, Mitchell offers his insider account of how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in their negotiations through the years and outlines the specific concessions each side must make to finally achieve lasting peace.

Narrative

Blood Brothers; We Belong to the Land

By Elias Chacour

Nominated several times for the Noble Peace Prize, world-­‐renowned Palestinian priest, Elias Chacour, narrates the gripping story of his life spent working to achieve peace and reconciliation among Israeli Jews, Christians, and Muslims. From the destruction of his boyhood village and his work as a priest in Galilee to his efforts to build school, libraries, and summer camps for children of all religions, this peacemaker’s moving story brings hope to one of the most complex struggles of our time.

The Lemon Tree

By Sandy Tolan

In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-­‐five-­‐year-­‐old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-­‐year-­‐old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-­‐Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transformation.

Theology

Whose Land? Whose Promise?

By Gary Burge

Because events in the Middle East continue to escalate in tragic complexity, Christians still struggle with making sense of it all. In this updated version of Whose Land? Whose Promise?, Burge further explores the personal emotions and opinions; and sharpens his theological argument in the context of the new developments surrounding the crisis in the Middle East. Whose Land? Whose Promise? offers insight for the thoughtful reader on an explosive topic and challenges personal truths on peace.

A Land Full of God

By Mae Elise Cannon

A Land Full of God gives American Christians an opportunity to promote peace and justice in the Israeli-­‐Palestinian conflict. It shows them how to understand the enmity with brief, digestible, and comprehensive essays about the historical, political, religious, and geographical tensions that have led to many of the dynamics we see today. All the while, A Land Full of God walks readers through a biblical perspective of God's heart for Israel and the historic suffering of the Jewish people, while also remaining sensitive to the experience and suffering of Palestinians. The prevailing wave of Christian voices are seeking a pro-­‐Israeli, pro-­‐Palestinian, pro-­‐peace, pro-­‐justice, pro-­‐poor, and ultimately pro-­‐Jesus approach to bring resolution to the conflict