A rare book builds the future. This is one. -- James Carroll, author, Constantine's Sword
Bernard Avishai ventures where few so far have had the courage of the insight to go. -- Amos Elon, author, Herzl and The Israelis: Founders and Sons, columnist, Haaretz
He has always been a sympathetic yet highly critical observer of the Israeli scene. -- Hillel Halkin, author, Letters to an American Jewish Friend, and contributor, Hadassah magazine
[A] call to reconsider classic questions. -- The New York Times Book Review
From the Publisher
Less than a decade after the signing of the Oslo Accords, the world has watched in horror as citizens of Jerusalem have become virtual hostages of Palestinian suicide bombers and the Israeli army has moved to destroy what it calls the "terrorist infrastructure." Because violence and instability in this region are felt globally, more people than ever are asking how Israeli-Palestinian relations reached this bleak point and if peace is still possible. Bernard Avishai, veteran analyst of Israeli affairs, provides illuminating insight into the obstacles behind the headlines. Publisher's Weekly called The Tragedy of Zionism "an explosive book" and Philip Roth hailed it as "a vivid analysis of what, besides terror, democratic Israelis are up against."