This is the first book I read on the Palestine-Israel issue. At least I get the gist of the issue now amid the emotions, hatred, violence, and news media.
Its a complicated and interesting issue indeed.
Contrary to some views, the issue does not go back very far, only 100 years, not thousands of years, and its not a conflict of religions but regional politics.
I like how to author separate the contents into basic history, pre-conflict, and conflict. Basic history refers to ancient history till modern time, how the two names came about. Pre-conflict brings us to the late Ottoman empire and the two world wars. Conflict refers to after 1947 which starts with the partitioning of Palestine and Israel statehood started.