It has been said that The road to hell is paved with good intentions. The intent is obviously there, but the followthrough is lacking.
The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace, by Adi Schwartz and Einat Wilf was published in 2020. Starting in 1948, Schwartz and Wilf examine how the promised “right of return” by Arab leaders and the wishy-washy response by the rest of the world had a hand in adding fuel to the fire that is the Israel/Palestinian conflict. They reveal how the “right of return” and UNRWA have purposely created the refugee problem and decades of violence instead of working toward peace and co-existence.
Obviously, my reading this book is preaching to the choir. The purpose of it is to speak to a reader whose knowledge of the topic is either minimal or tainted by the not so truth headlines in the world press. The problem from my perspective is that their arguments are not as strong as they could have been. I don’t know what I would add, but it just needs a little something extra that is missing.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace is available wherever books are sold.