Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler

By David K. Shipler

"The top and so much finished paintings there's within the English language in this subject." —New York Times

In this enormous paintings, greatly researched and extra suitable than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that exist among Jews and Arabs which have been intensified via conflict, terrorism, and nationalism.

targeting the various cultures that exist aspect via part in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the method of indoctrination that starts off in faculties; he discusses the far-ranging results of socioeconomic adjustments, ancient conflicts among Islam and Judaism, attitudes in regards to the Holocaust, and masses extra. And he writes of the folk: the Arab girl in love with a Jew, the retired Israeli army officer, the Palestinian guerrilla, the good-looking actor whose father is Arab and whose mom is Jewish.

For Shipler, and for all who learn this booklet, their tales and countless numbers of others replicate not just the truth of "wounded spirits" but in addition a glimmer of desire for eventual coexistence within the Promised Land.

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In the 'fifties and 'sixties, the Soviet fleet was of modest proportions and was no match for the American Navy. Moscow, moreover, as an exporter of oil, had little interest in the crude oil of the Gulf. And as far as oil production in the region was concerned, this remained firmly in the hands of the Western oil companies. Once these companies worked out terms covering royalties and taxes with the governments for a particular time period, the governments showed no disposition to become involved in the production, distribution and sale of oil.

Troublesome as these issues have been, there are other considerations relating to Pakistan's internal political situation that make any future role for it in the defense of the 42 CONFLICT IN THE PERSIAN GULF region problematic. Specifically, these have to do with the military regime ruling the country and the continued political unrest in Baluchistan, the largest (113,000 square miles) of Pakistan's four provinces. In 1977, a military junta led by General Mohammed Zia ul-Haq toppled the civilian government of President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and returned the country to military rule.

The system of military EMERGING SOVIET ROLE IN THE REGION 39 alliances that the United States had established in the region crumbled with the overthrow of its chief supporter and beneficiary. S. strategic setback in the region results in an equivalent Soviet benefit. Conversely, not every Soviet setback generates a comparable American gain. There is no neat zero sum game operating behind every international move in the region. Nor is it that a superpower gain in a particular country is irreversible.

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