Unsurprisingly, many of our interviews on Israel are also in our Palestine category. Gabriel Piterberg chooses his best books on Zionism and anti-Zionism and Robin Yassin-Kassab looks at the best books on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Israeli novelist and playwright, Alon Hilu, looks at the best books on Palestine and Israel in Art and reflects on his own experience of the Israel-Palestine conflict at a personal level. The British journalist and author, Jonathan Cook, chooses his best books on the experience of Palestinians living in Israel.
The Israeli politician and lawyer, Amnon Rubinstein, talks about the economic strength of the country its liberal political culture and the threats he sees to those. And the journalist, Michael Goldfarb also chooses his best books on the country to help, in particular, to understand its hopeful foundation and why the country’s conflict with the Palestinians is unsolvable. Steven Walt looks at US-Israel relations.
We have two interviews on Jerusalem, by James Carroll, who talks about its history, its conflicts and its message of peace. And by Simon Sebag Montefiore, who touches on similar themes but also discusses the city’s cultural (and culinary) vitality.
And Ayelet Gundar-Goshen recommends the best contemporary Israeli fiction.
Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a place of longing for three faiths—and yet we know it mostly as a place of strife and conflict. British historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: the Biography, recommends books that capture the historical ups and downs of this ever-changing city, but also its vitality, including its irresistible cuisine.
The Arabs in Israel
by Sabri Jiryis
Let It Be Morning
by Sayed Kashua
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel
by Hatim Kanaaneh
So What: New and Selected Poems, 1971-2005
by Taha Muhammad Ali
Sleeping on a Wire: Conversations with Palestinians in Israel
by David Grossman
Jerusalem has been at the center of conflict for millennia and its current problems cannot be blamed on Israelis and Palestinians alone, says bestselling author and former Catholic priest James Carroll. He picks the best books to understand Jerusalem’s complex history and its message of peace which still gives him hope.