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.
Focusing on fiction, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen recommends the best contemporary Israeli fiction. One of Israel’s most renowned authors, David Grossman, has been recommended many times on Five Books and has spoken to us about books that shaped him.
The Middle East is so dominated by war and politics that all literature must be viewed through this prism, says Israeli novelist Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. She recommends the best Israeli novels.
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
Palestinians living in Israel are cut off from both sides of the conflict and constantly trying to square the circle, argues Nazareth-based writer Jonathan Cook.
Israeli historian Gabriel Piterberg tells us about works of scholarship that have challenged the Zionist Israeli narrative of modern history.
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.
Israeli lawyer and politician says the Zionist revolution sought to turn Jewish civilisation into a nation-state like all nation-states under the rule of international law
Award-winning novelist and playwright positions himself among a new breed of Israeli historians: “I think I am part of a new trend in Israel to be critical of the way we tell our history”
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 international relations professor tells us about the special relationship between America and Israel – how it came about, what it means, and how it should change
Award-winning broadcast journalist and author chooses five books on Israel. He says that perceptions of Israel and Palestine are always filtered through expectation and prejudice – which makes the problem unsolvable
The author and political blogger chooses five books on the Israel-Palestine conflict and compares the Palestinians to the Jews in diaspora: as the land disappears under their feet, their identity grows stronger.
The deputy-editor of Economist.com selects five books that have given him a deeper understanding of the situation in Israel and Palestine – books that have helped him open him up to “other people’s point of view”