Reaching For The Olive Branch: UNRWA And Peace In The Middle East

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Reaching For The Olive Branch: UNRWA And Peace In The Middle East

By Milton Viorst
Indiana University Press (for The Middle East Institute), 1989
122 pp. $8.95
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This is the best available brief survey of the history and present role of the "temporary" U.N. body for Palestine refugees that was created in 1949 and bids fair to continue as long as the conflict over Palestine does. Viorst, who knows the Middle East well, retains his objectivity amid all the claims and counterclaims of the parties to this unsolved problem, takes note of what UNRWA might do to help a transition from conflict to peace, and makes good use of his recent contacts with officials of UNRWA and with those of the host countries.

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