Published today at Responsible Statecraft is my review of Prof Jerome Slater’s new book, Mythologies Without End: The U.S., Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020.
Slater goes through a huge list of myths that make up so much of the mass understanding of the conflict over Palestine and Israel. Just the volume of the topics he covers is staggering. To Slater’s great credit, he manages to take on that long list of myths in an exhaustive, thoroughly fact-based fashion while maintaining sufficient brevity to keep both long-time students and new readers of the conflict interested.
I do take issue with some of Slater’s advice for where the Palestinians should go from here and his read on Palestinian sentiment regarding the right of return, but, as you will see in the review, the quality of the overall work and the great contribution Slater makes in assembling all these myths in one volume and then disassembling each under the weight of facts far outweighs any of those shortcomings. Check it out.