US AND Israeli politicians and commentators always blame the current violence in the Middle East on Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians. They claim that the Palestinians were getting the best deal possible in the peace process and they rejected it. The new edition of The End of the Peace Process, a collection of essays by the Palestinian writer Edward Said, exposes these claims for the lies they are. It shows that under the peace agreements the areas under Palestinian control would be small, cut off from one another and remain dominated by Israeli troops and settlers.
Said argues that a two-state solution would be a continuation of the tragedy. He wants a peaceful coexistence between Jews and Palestinians. The new edition includes 16 new essays chronicling the collapse of the peace process, the outbreak of the Palestinian intifada and the events of 11 September.
It is a brilliant book that will help anyone, whether they are well read on the subject or not, to understand the Palestinian struggle for justice better.
The End of the Peace Process by Edward Said (£9.99) is available from Bookmarks. Phone 020 7637 1848 or go to www.bookmarks.uk.com