THE PALESTINE-ISRAEL CONFLICT:
A Basic Introduction, 4th ed.
by Gregory Harms with Todd M. FerryLondon: Pluto Press, 2017. 304 pages.
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BACK COVER: The Palestine-Israel conflict is the subject of more
disinformation and confusion than any other in living memory. This
book provides a clear introduction to the issue, covering the region's
history and politics from Biblical times to today.
This revised fourth edition brings readers up to date, covering dramatic
recent events such as Israel's military operations in Gaza, the
continuing differences and rapprochements between Fatah and Hamas,
Palestinian resistance and diplomacy, and the United States' ongoing
relationship with Israel under Presidents Obama and Trump.
Steering clear of polemics, fake news, and side-choosing, this book
traces a careful and measured path through one of the most ideologically
charged conflicts of modern times.
STRAIGHT POWER CONCEPTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST:
US Foreign Policy, Israel, and World History
by Gregory HarmsLondon: Pluto Press, 2010. 240 pages.
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How did the US become a world power?
How did it become involved in the Middle East?
What is the history
and nature of its "special relationship" with Israel?
AMAZON COPY: Given the increase in tensions in the Middle East, and the United States' involvement in them, news
coverage is in abundance. Yet, the reportage and discussion of American foreign policy is often
narrow in scope, offering little background or context. The subject is routinely treated with the
vocabulary provided by government officials, presenting best intentions while conceding occasional
mistakes and unfortunate incidents. As Gregory Harms demonstrates in Straight Power Concepts, the
historical record bears out a different vocabulary and tells a story that sharply contrasts with the
In this brief and accessible account, the reader is guided through the panoramic sweep of world and
American history, reviewing how the US became a world power, how the Middle East became "modern,"
and how Israel became an American "strategic asset." In doing so, the book provides a broad frame of
reference, illustrating that recent developments are closer to business-as-usual and nothing
resembling the rhetoric commonly used by heads of state, press secretaries, news media, and
As in his highly successful book The Palestine-Israel Conflict, Harms makes complex subjects
accessible to everyone, without sacrificing analytical rigor. This book should be the first port of
call for students and anyone seeking clarity and a historical elucidation of current events
involving the United States, Israel, and the Middle East.