I have refrained till now to buy or read any book on the Israel Palestinian issue. I felt it would be an exercise in futility.
Books promising the path forward, the path to peace and a 2-state solution, to me, are grounded on misguided optimism, purely to broadcast one’s view or just hubris. They are not realistic based on realpolitik, existing now on the ground since Britain promised Palestine to the Jews under the Balfour Declaration. Much water has flowed under the bridge.
The reason I bought this book, while on a visit to Stratford upon Avon in UK, on 1 Aug 2019 is solely because Edward W. Said writes very well. I had enjoyed reading his memoir ‘ Out of Place’ in Oct 2003 which my wife bought from a delightful book store called Citylights in San Francisco on 10 Sep 2003.
Said is a Palestinian American citizen and a fearless advocate for Palestinians. This collection of his essays was written from 1995 to 2002. It showed a very angry intellectual. Some may agree with him. Some disagree. Writing this review on New Year’s Eve 2019, I can’t help but believe there is no viable solution anymore. The tragedy started by the Balfour Declaration and the missteps along the way will continue forever.