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Oren Kessler is a journalist and political analyst based in Tel Aviv. He has served as deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Middle East research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London, Arab affairs correspondent for the
and as editor and translator at
has been announced in 2024 as Finalist, Writing Based on Archival Material: The JBC-Herbert Katzki Award, Jewish Book Council and noted as an Honorable Mention, 2024 Sophie Brody Medal,
Reference and User Services Association/RUSA, a division of American Library Association.
Praise for the book:
Palestine 1936 has been n
amed one of the 10 Best Books of 2023 by
The Wall Street Journal!
"[Kessler] has done an exceptional job and opened new vistas on troubles past and present." —
Wall Street Journal
"Kessler’s history is key to understanding the current situation between Israelis and Palestinians." —
Booklist, Starred Review
"Oren Kessler’s brave new history book
reveals the deep roots of today’s Israel-Palestine conflict." —
"Palestine 1936 is an eminently readable account of how the State of Israel emerged from the flames of Mandate Palestine, but it is much more." —
The Jerusalem Report
"As Kessler demonstrates in this sobering and engaging history, 1936 crystallized the many elements of the Arab–Israeli conflict in ways that other hinge dates did not."
"It is a great book."
— Middle East Quarterly
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