Well written – The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 May 2020

This is a very impressive book. The author has clearly researched thoroughly. He has distilled the sources well and the text flows briskly.

This book is not just a book that explains the origins of the declaration. The author had helpfully begun with a description of life in Palestine before World War 1. He then moved on to consider the political forces and players involved in the intrigues surrounding the Ottoman empire. Here we have excellent vignettes of the roles played by TE Lawrence, Sharif Hussein, Picot, Sykes etc.

Having finished the book I feel that Schneer had left the British off too lightly. The most benevolent interpretation is taken of their deceits. The middle east is still sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind. {Hosea 8:7} The defects in this book are the small font used for the paperback, and the end notes are of even smaller font and not indicated on the text itself.

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