In This Review

The West Bank: A Portrait
The West Bank: A Portrait
By John P. Richardson
Middle East Institute, 1984, 214 pp

An admirable introduction to the territory which stands at the center of the Palestinian problem. Inevitably, since history and politics have not been confined by the borders of this small area, the author has to expand the scope of his book to take in Arab and Palestinian nationalism, the conflict with Zionism and Israel, British policy during the mandate, and successive Arab-Israeli wars. But the meat of the book is the description of how the people of the West Bank fared after 1948 under Jordanian sovereignty (not very well) and since 1967 under Israeli occupation (worse). The presentation is sober; the conclusions are pessimistic.