“Moment of Truth: TACKLING ISRAEL-PALESTINE’S TOUGHEST QUESTIONS” edited by Jamie Stern-Weiner— Asking Questions

Stern-Weiner, Jamie, editor. “Moment of Truth: TACKLING ISRAEL-PALESTINE’S TOUGHEST QUESTIONS”, OR Books, 2018.

Asking Questions

Amos Lassen

It is more than a century since the Balfour Declaration and a little more than 50 years since the Six Day War of 1967, and it is also ten years into Gaza and yet the conflict remains. We are well aware of the Palestinians’ long struggle for self-determination and it has reached a crossroads, if not an impasse. The writers included in “Moment of Truth” take stock, draw lessons from experience, and weigh the road ahead. Of course, a book cannot solve the situation but it can clarify what it would take to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict, to assess the prospects of doing so, and to illuminate what is possible in Palestine. Here is an unprecedented wealth of expertise including political leaders, preeminent scholars, and dedicated activists from Israel, Palestine, and abroad and many of whom are in direct critical exchange on the issues at the heart of the conflict. We have questions such as these: Has Israel’s settlement enterprise made a Palestinian state impossible? Can the Palestinian leadership end the occupation? Is Israel’s rule in the Palestinian territories a form of apartheid? Could the US government force Israel to withdraw? In return we get compelling, enlightening, and at times no-holds-barred debates in which leading authorities tackle these and other challenges, exposing myths, challenging preconceptions, and establishing between them a more sober and informed basis for political action.

Contributors: Musa Abuhashhash, As’ad Abukhalil, Mkhaimar Abusada, Gilbert Achcar, Ghaith al-Omari, Ghassan Andoni, Usama Antar, Nur Arafeh, Shaul Arieli, Arie Arnon, Tareq Baconi, Sam Bahour, Sari Bashi, Shlomo Ben-Ami, Suhad Bishara, Nathan J. Brown, Diana Buttu, John Dugard, Michael Dumper, Hagai El-Ad, Richard A. Falk, Norman G. Finkelstein, Neve Gordon, Ran Greenstein, Yoaz Hendel, Jamil Hilal, Khaled Hroub, Amal Jamal, Jan de Jong, Leila Khaled, Raja Khalidi, Rami G. Khouri, Lior Lehrs, Gideon Levy, Alon Liel, John J. Mearsheimer, Jessica Montell, Rami Nasrallah, Wendy Pearlman, Nicola Perugini, William B. Quandt, Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, Glen Rangwala, Glenn E. Robinson, Nadim Rouhana, Sara Roy, Bashir Saade, Robbie Sabel, Dahlia Scheindlin, Daniel Seidemann, Michael Sfard, Muhammad Shehada, Raja Shehadeh, Sammy Smooha, Mark Tessler, Nathan Thrall, Ahmed Yousef, Ido Zelkovitz.

Here is what readers and reviewers have to say:

“A monumental and exceptionally rich book.” —Andreas Van Agt, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands

“An extremely rich collection.” —Mouin Rabbani, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies

“Incisive and stimulating.” —Sara Roy, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

“An informed and important contribution.” —Charles D. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Middle East History, University of Arizona


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