Published: 28/09/2014
ISBN: 9781783065929
eISBN: 9781784626709
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Neville Teller was born in London, read Modern History at Oxford University, and then had a varied career in marketing, general management, publishing and the Civil Service, while consistently writing... read more

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The Search for Détente:
Israel and Palestine 2012-2014
by Neville Teller

The Search for Détente offers a unique perspective on the latest effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. By setting the peace talks within the context of political events in the Middle East and beyond, Neville Teller offers an authoritative overview on why the Israel-Palestine situation remains so intractable.

Beginning in the spring of 2012, against the background of the still-raging Arab Spring, The Search for Détente provides the context within which US Secretary of State John Kerry began his efforts to bring the two sides to the negotiating table. It records the optimism at the start of the process, when all agreed that nine months would be sufficient to resolve the issues, and how cold reality led to Kerry shifting the goalposts to achieve just a "framework agreement", which might, or might not, allow the parties to go on talking.

From the end of 2012 until the formal end to the discussions in April 2014, events crowded thick and fast in the Middle East and beyond – from Israel’s incursion into Gaza to end Hamas’s indiscriminate rocket attacks on civilians, the start of the Syrian civil war and Assad’s use of chemical weapons, to the overthrow of Egypt’s President Morsi. Teller also looks at Russia’s growing influence in averting a US military strike on Syria, in brokering discussions on Iran’s nuclear programme and in invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea. These events, and others, provide an insightful perspective on this latest effort to bring a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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"One Man's Israel"

To mark Israel's 60th anniversary, a collection of 36 separate pieces by the author, which chart the backdrop to the kaleidoscopic Israeli scene over the past thirty years. They include a little political commentary and some social comment, but also encompass short stories, features, travel writing, letters, poetry, music and radio drama. A rich mix of delights for anyone with an interest in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. A book to dip into – and always be guaranteed of finding something to please, interest, amuse, enlighten or entertain.

“ apt publication to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary, capturing the variety of the Israeli scene...”
- Shimon Peres, President of Israel


"One Year in the History of Israel and Palestine"

A blow-by-blow account of the events of 2010, as they impacted on the determined efforts, led by the Unitd States, to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation and the wider Middle East conflict. Anyone interested in the Middle East in general, and the Israel-Palestine conflict in particular, will relish this unusual take on a ground-breaking year in the history of both Israel and the nascent state of Palestine.


"5-Minute Bedtime Stories"

Born out of a series of children’s stories prepared for BBC radio, “5-minute Bedtime Stories” is a careful mix of old and new tales aimed at those vital few minutes when a child is tucked up for the night and demands a story. Nothing too long is called for – especially not by the adult charged with reading it, but each story needs to appeal to boys and girls aged around 4 to 9 and send them happily to sleep. Each of these stories can be read aloud in five minutes and has its own colourful illustration, which can be shown to the child while the story is being read. This is a book certain to be treasured by the children lucky enough to be at the receiving end of its stories.

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