Hope and Despair: Israel's Future in the New Middle East (Hardback)
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Hope and Despair: Israel's Future in the New Middle East (Hardback)

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Hardback 312 Pages
Published: 21/03/2024
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Days before his country signed a deal to normalise ties with Israel, the Emirati Ambassador to the US penned an article in Hebrew, directly addressing Israelis. Israel, he argued, faced a choice between engagement with the rest of the region, or isolation. His words struck a chord then, and will continue to ring true in the decades to come.

Michael A. Horowitz tells the unfolding story of this decision: of tension between the hope ushered in by the normalisation agreements, and the enduring despair both Israelis and Palestinians feel about the waning prospects of peace. Rather than examining the past, Horowitz looks to Israel’s future—one marked by new opportunities, but also tremendous challenges, as the country tries to find its place in a region trying to find itself.

Israel is a ship in a storm, navigating a ‘new’ Middle East where unfinished revolutions, regional competition, perceived US disengagement and an unstable but menacing Iran all warrant caution. In the ‘promised land’ itself, existing gaps are widening, and the space for optimism is shrinking. Hope and Despair is a brutally honest exploration of what lies ahead for Israel: the waves, the winds, and the ray of light above the clouds.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781911723196
Number of pages: 312
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

‘Reading Michael Horowitz is always a great exercise of the mind. His in-depth book tackles the political engineering and security tinderbox in the Middle East with impartiality. With the return of great power competition, this is a must-read to understand the hidden political messages in a re-shaped region, the danger of ignoring the plight of the other side and the endless debate over who’s to blame for the missing peace.’ - Ahmed Maher, Senior Political Editor of 'Al Majalla'

‘Navigating eloquently between the hope of the Arab Spring and the despair of the bloodiest Israeli–Palestinian conflict in 2023–4, Horowitz’s book prefers hope. A comprehensive, fair report of Israel’s regional status and domestic political composition.’ - Menachem Klein, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University, and author of 'Arafat and Abbas' and 'Lives in Common'

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