Thus begins Chapter 1 of my new book, “The root of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the path to peace” that I published this week, in two editions: in English and in Spanish.
“Let’s get something straight here. Until the region says unequivocally that they acknowledge the right of Israel to exist as an independent Jewish state, there will be no peace”. This was President Biden’s straightforward response to a reporter’s question following the latest conflagration between Israel and Hamas in May 2021.
The historical processes that led to the establishment of the State of Israel have been usually presented exclusively from a Euro-centric perspective. This has led to a misunderstanding and mischaracterization of the Zionist movement, has been used by “progressive” circles in the West to characterize it as a colonial enterprise, and has allowed the Arab world to present itself as an innocent and undeserved victim of the “Zionist aggression”.
The persecutions and pogroms suffered by the Jews in the Arab countries, from Northern Africa to the Middle East, in the 20th century, and the almost one million Jewish refugees from the Arab countries, have been ignored and deleted from the history books, both in the Western and in the Arab world.
My book corrects this historically wrong Euro-centric perspective. Setting the record straight is not an arid intellectual exercise, since the way one sees the birth of the State of Israel will shape his/her opinion of everything else related to the Arab-Israeli conflict today.
Had the Arab world treated with respect the Jewish minority in its midst in the XX century, I doubt that one could recognize Israel on a map today and its internal society, in the XXI century. But there is time yet for the Arab world to make amends with the Jewish people.
You can find my book at Amazon, both as an eBook (Kindle, Tablet, Phone) and in paperback. In English and in Spanish.
Each one of the 80 legislators of the California State Assembly has received a personal hard-copy (paperback) of the book (delivered by the US Postal Office) in its edition adapted to California K12 teachers and high-school students, titled: “Ethnic Studies in K12 schools: The Jewish module”:
For people who live in the US, I recommend the “Ethnic Studies in K12 schools: The Jewish module” edition. It can be downloaded for free at:
It is also available at Amazon, in eBook and paperback formats.
For people who do not live in the US, I recommend instead “The root of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the path to peace”, in its English or Spanish editions. The English edition can be found at: