From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman

From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman

I was given this book by a friend in my book group. It has sat on my shelf for a long time. I have read many books on Palestine in the mean time. I finally picked it up and read through it. This is a remarkably fair, and balanced account by a Jewish New York Times correspondent who lived in Beirut and then in Israel too.

The most interesting chapters for me were the ones about the PLO, and the ones about the Jewish perspective on the conflict. In my mind, Israel has always been the bad guy, but some of the writing in this book has made me see that Israel itself is quite a divided place among the Jews. They probably want to be rid of Palestine, but they don’t really know how.

On the cover, there is a quote along the lines of ““if you only can read one book about the Middle East, this should be it””. I totally agree with that statement. Israel is at the middle of all the problems in the Middle East; understanding Israel, its history, and its people helps you understand the whole region a lot better.

Rating: ★★★★★

Book #120 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge

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