On the centenary of Britain’s Balfour Declaration – promising a Jewish ‘national home’ in Palestine – becomes a major new history of the Palestinians and Israelis.
Ever since the Ottoman Empire was defeated and British colonial rule began in 1917, Jews and Arabs have struggled for control of the Holy Land. Israel’s independence in 1948 in the wake of the Holocaust was a triumph for the Zionist movement but a catastrophe -‘nakba’ in Arabic – for the native Palestinian majority.
In ‘Enemies and Neighbours’, Ian Black has written a gripping, lucid and timely account of what was doomed to be an irreconcilably hostile relationship from the beginning. It traces how, half a century after the watershed of the 1967 war, hopes for a two-state solution and an end to occupation have all but disappeared.
Ian Black is a British journalist and author focusing on international political issues. He is Middle East editor at The Guardian newspaper, where he has worked since 1980 as a reporter, Middle East correspondent, diplomatic editor, European editor and leader writer.