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“Exceptional ...
opens new vistas on troubles past and present.”

“Key to understanding the current situation between Israelis and Palestinians.” 

“Kessler took an archetypical yet understudied event and made it ... supremely approachable.”

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About Oren Kessler

Oren Kessler is a journalist and political analyst based in  Tel Aviv. He has served as deputy director for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society in London, Arab affairs correspondent for The Jerusalem Post, and an editor and translator at Haaretz English edition.

Raised in Rochester, New York, and Tel Aviv, he holds a BA in history from the University of Toronto and an MA in diplomacy and conflict studies from Reichman University (IDC Herzliya).

Kessler’s work has appeared in media outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Politico.

Palestine 1936 is his first book.

When did the conflict assume its current parameters? Oren Kessler argues that the crucial moment was an overlooked episode a decade before Israel’s birth. He makes a convincing case...

Kessler is the first to tell this story from all three sides (British, Arab, Jewish) and use sources in all three languages (English, Arabic, Hebrew). He has done an exceptional job and opened new vistas on troubles past and present.


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