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By: Stefanie

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 21:21:52 +0000

It is such a complex subject with a very long history it's hard to keep track of it all. I will probably be reading more on it too.



By: Sylvia

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 17:17:05 +0000

Oh yes, AFAIK the "occupied territories" didn't belong to the modern state of Israel pre-1967, but they are obviously part of the traditional homeland of the Jews going back to biblical times. I don't actually know how those areas got missed in the original creation of Israel. Back to the history books...



By: Stefanie

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 23:06:51 +0000

Anything to sell a book, eh Sylvia? I wonder how often the author's title would be the better one? Israel was on the defensive in the 1967 war, but it is my understanding that what is now considered the occupied territories--Gaza, the West Bank, the Golan Heights--did not belong to Israel. UN Resolution 242 says as much and even Israel has agreed at various times to withdraw to its pre-1967 borders, but they keep breaking their promise and the Palestinians get more violent, and nobody is willing to be the first to "give in."



By: Sylvia

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 03:31:23 +0000

Yes, I've also heard that it is publishers who come up with those incongruous, attention-getting titles. Coincidentally I was reading about the 1967 war the other day and was surprised to learn that it was Israel that was attacked, and the land they took is all within the traditional confines of Israel. I don't see how the Palestinians and the Arab states have the nerve to ask for that land back, considering that they were the *aggressors*. When did you ever hear about a nation that was attacked being the one to make war reparations? It would be like Germany demanding land from Poland in order to make peace after WWII. It's absurd. No wonder the world isn't buying it.



By: Stefanie

Wed, 14 Mar 2007 12:54:56 +0000

SS, those descriptive terms I owe all to Litlove. They work so well too. Rod, I had not heard that. It makes sense though. Litlove and Dorothy, Carter has been criticized for not delving into all the details, but I don't think that was his goal anyway. As an introduction for readers who want to begin to understand what's going on, I think Carter does a magnificient job. If I ever want to delve into it more I feel as though I have a base to start from. Karen, The Time of Green Ginger sounds interesting. I will be checking out your review on it! Susan, I did not see the NYTimes article. Thanks for the link! And yes, the missing colon in the title bugs me. I didn't notice it was missing at first, just assumed it was there, but the NYRB essay mentions it and I've been bothered by it ever since.