|Polity Press, 2017. 328 pp.|
Dowty assumes little to no knowledge of the issue, and he explains events and perspectives clearly and objectively. Dowty's balanced opinion is respectable, leaving readers with the privilege of studying the issue deeper and formulating their own conclusions. Especially helpful is a timeline in the appendix of the book, which marks significant events from the biblical period to 2017. To be sure, this text is not exhaustive on the nuances of the conflict, yet it is also not simplistic. Dowty maturely explains the conflict and attempts to untangle its complications so that its readers can better understand such a tumultuous issue. Israel/Palestine is capable of standing alone, or it can be supplemented with other introductory texts to provide a well-balanced approach to the conflict.
(My thanks is given to Polity Press for providing a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review.)