Yaron Peleg


On his book Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance

Cover Interview of April 21, 2009


Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas attempts to chart one of the latest stages in the development of Israeli culture.  It is one of the first books to do so in the English language.  Because of time and distance considerations, even in Israel these perspectives have only been offered in the last decade or so.  The book also claims that the great window of opportunity for a grand and lasting peace between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East has largely been closed since the breaking of the second Palestinian intifada in 2000.  That event plunged the Middle East back again into a tribal war which seems fiercer and more entrenched than before, on both sides.  However, considering the great hopes of the Oslo years in the early 1990s, and looking at the great tragedy that followed the shattering of those hopes, I attempt to offer a perspective as well as a lesson and an incentive for a rekindling of those hopes sometime in the future.

© 2009 Yaron Peleg