“Oren Kessler has written
the definitive study ...
Accessible and essential.”
highly readable, and balanced ...
“A remarkable work ...
I strongly recommend
its translation to Arabic.”
Michael Oren, historian and former Israeli ambassador
Benny Morris, author of 1948 and Righteous Victims
Mohammed Dajani, Palestinian scholar and peace activist
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.
An overall history of the 1936–1939 Arab Revolt—the most significant nationalist uprising against the British Empire in the 20th century—has long been a lacuna in the historiography of Palestine/Israel.
Oren Kessler has at last plugged that gap with this very well-researched, highly readable, and balanced study, studded with fine portraits of the main actors and moving stories of personal tragedy and accomplishment. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in the history of the Zionist-Arab conflict.
Author of 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War