In This Review

The West Bank Story
The West Bank Story
By Rafik Halabi
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982, 312 pp

The author is a Druse, attached to Israel by the loyalty of citizenship and military and civil service, and to the Arabs by the ties of language and culture. As a reporter for Israeli television, he was in a unique position to tell the story of what has been happening in the occupied territories since the war of 1967. Part autobiography, part observation, his account describes not just events but the fears, ambitions and prejudices of the people, both Arabs and Jews. It is an extraordinary and intensely interesting book-honest and courageous reporting on a situation made nearly hopeless by violence, extremism and misguided policies.