Books: Unease in Zion the Siege: the Saga of Israel and Zionism

As Ireland's representative to United Nations discussions of Palestinian refugees, Conor Cruise O'Brien sat between Israel and Iraq. That was 30 years ago, and the refugee problem, once bad enough, has grown worse than anyone would have imagined. O'Brien, a former member of the Irish parliament and ex- editor in chief of the Observer of London, now suggests that a solution to Middle East anguish may not even be possible. That so bleak a view is the basis for so enlightening a book can be attributed to the author's capabilities as a historian, journalist and political analyst, not to mention storyteller.

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