Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 152

Mythologies of the Arab-Israeli Conflict w/ Jerome Slater

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This is an excerpt of an interview I did for the New Books Network with Jerome on his book "Mythologies Without End: The US, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020" (Oxford University Press, 2020).

The history of modern Israel is a fiercely contested subject. From the Balfour declaration to the Six-Day War to the recent assault on Gaza, ideologically-charged narratives and counter-narratives battle for dominance not just in Israel itself but throughout the world. In the United States and Israel, the Israeli cause is treated as the more righteous one, albeit with important qualifiers and caveats.

In Mythologies Without End, Jerome Slater takes stock of the conflict from its origins to the present day and argues that US policies in the region are largely a product of mythologies that are often flatly wrong.

Focusing on both the US role in the conflict and Israel's actions, this book exposes the self-defeating policies of both nations policies which have only served to prolong the conflict far beyond when it should have been resolved.

Join us for a fascinating discussion.

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