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Insightful Reads

Middle East in Crisis & Conflict: A Primer serves as the most current and concise starting point for readers seeking to learn more about the context, history, and prospects. You can purchase the book below.

If readers want to dig deeper into various nuances of the conflict and related issues, the below serves as an initial bibliography that is worth exploring.

A History of the Middle East
By William Cleveland
Middle Eastern Maze: Israel, the Arabs, and the Region 1948-2022
By Itamar Rabinovitch
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
By Ilan Pappe
Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001
By Benny Morris
The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
By Avi Shlaim
Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle
By Dan Senor and Saul Singer
All That Remains: The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948
By Walid Khalidi
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
By Rashid Khalidi
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations
By Ronen Bergman
From Beirut to Jerusalem
By Thomas Friedman
Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon
By Robert Fisk
Hamas: A History from Within
By Azzam Tamimi
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East
By Kim Ghattas


Useful Sources

Anything listed here does not represent an endorsement. Some of these sources are explicitly biased or even related to the warring factions. They are listed here to enable access to primary information so readers can independently weigh what is accurate or not. All must survey a wider variety of literature and adjust accordingly.

Yedioth Ahronoth

Widely read daily
paper in Israel

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Israel’s left-leaning

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Al Jazeera

Qatar’s leading global
news platform

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Al Mayadeen

Lebanese pro-‘resistance’

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Arab News

Saudi’s leading
English publication

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+972 Magazine

pro-peace publication

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Jewish magazine on
global affairs

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Anti-Zionist platform
on the Middle East

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The Electronic Intifada

Palestinian diaspora-led

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Additional Context

Council on Foreign Relations

Ongoing analysis and commentary on the crisis

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 Security Council Report

All UN resolutions about the conflict

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Carter Center

Summary of key negotiation points before 2002

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