Holy Land narrativesof lament and hope

Probing Palestinian-Israeli relations

Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land Since 1948, by Meron Benvenisti
TheEnd of the Peace Process: Oslo and After, by Edward Said

The tumultuous history of Palestinian-Israeli relations has seemed to reach its nadir in recent years. The hope brought by the Oslo Accords has been almost buried by the grief over the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the delays and brokering of the Netanyahu years, and the corruption and dictatorialness of the Palestinian Authority. Yet Jewish and Palestinian history remain intertwined in a knot of suffering and hope. Paradoxically, the present despair is accompanied by a growing recognition that healing can come only through confession and reconciliation.


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