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Fallen Pillars: U.S. Policy Towards Palestine and Israel Since 1945
Fallen Pillars: U.S. Policy Towards Palestine and Israel Since 1945
By Donald Neff
Institute For Palestinian Studies, 1995, 350 pp.

For those new to the Arab-Israeli conflict, it may be hard to recall how passionately, before the peace talks between Israel and the PLO changed the dynamic, issues involving Israel and the Palestinians were fought out in Washington policy circles. This book, written by an experienced reporter-author sympathetic to the Palestinians, provides historical background on American attitudes toward Zionism and the Palestinians, relying on many declassified documents from the State Department. He then examines the evolution of American policy on a series of issues--partition, refugees, borders, Jerusalem, and settlements. In discussing each, Neff succeeds in showing the intensity of the political debates in the bureaucracy and the broader public arena. Even those who disagree with Neff will have to acknowledge the thoroughness of his research. He has dug deep for information and is careful to document his points. The appendices and notes will be of special interest to scholars.