This is a timely, incisive and richly informed assessment of the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict written by noted experts from both countries: Lebanese Gilbert Achcar and Israeli Michel Warschawski.
The authors describe the popular basis of Hezbollah in Lebanon among the Shiites, and its relation to the country’s other religious communities and political forces. They analyze the regional roles of Syria, Iran and Hamas as well as the politics of the US and Europe.
They then dissect the strategic and political background behind recent actions taken by Israel; the impact of Israel’s incursion into Lebanon and its effects on Lebanon’s population; and the consequences of the war on Israeli polity and society.
About the Authors
Gilbert Achcar, who grew up in Beirut, is Professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His many books include The Clash of Barbarisms: The Making of the New World Disorder, published in thirteen languages, and Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, a book of dialogues with Noam Chomsky.
Michel Warschawski, a veteran journalist and peace activist, founded the Alternative Information Center in Jerusalem, a Palestinian-Israeli news organization that disseminates information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and Israeli societies.
‘A crisp and timely analysis that arranges well-documented facts and synthesizes the region’s extremely complex problems in such a way that even readers who are only moderately familiar with the situation can understand.’ The Daily Star