Troubador Trump and the Holy Land: 2016-2020

Released: 28/08/2020

ISBN: 9781838595050

eISBN: 9781838596507

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Trump and the Holy Land: 2016-2020

The Deal of the Century


“I would love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” said Donald J Trump, as he assumed the presidency of the United States of America on Friday, 20 January 2017. ‘’That would be such a great achievement.”

Trump and the Holy Land: 2016-2020 is the history of that effort. Starting with pledges Trump made during his presidential election campaign, it traces the development of what he termed “the deal of the century” from its inception to its final unveiling on 28 January 2020. The account of its evolution is set against the backdrop of a turbulent Middle East including such seminal events as Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and his relocating the US embassy there. These, and much more, provide the setting for the slow emergence of the peace plan - events such as the defeat of the Islamic State caliphate, Trump’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal, the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, and the discovery of vast gas and oil reserves in Israeli waters. 

The story of the origins, the development, and the unveiling of the “deal of the century” can be seen and judged effectively only within the context of the ever-shifting political kaleidoscope. Trump and the Holy Land: 2016-2020 does just that.

"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.

.an apt publication to mark Israel's 60th anniversary, capturing the variety of the Israeli scene..." (Shimon Peres, President of Israel)

"The Search for Detente: Israel and Palestine 2012-2014

The Search for Detente 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 Detente 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. These events, and others, provide an insightful perspective on this latest effort to bring a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.


"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.


-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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This was a very interesting perspective on what might be another chapter in the history of American presidents and their involvement in this region. It was enjoyable to see many different "behind - the - scenes" moments in this four year story and look at how diplomacy in the Middle East looks under the current administration. I would like to see further comments on what has happened currently in the region with recent peace deals between Israel and various Arab nations. Maybe that could be expanded on in later editions or the paperback copy. Overall I found this to be a fascinating read and hope to see this added to the main histories on American-Middle Eastern relations.

by NetGalley review

Neville Teller

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 for BBC radio as dramatist and abridger. He began writing about the Middle East in the 1980s, sometimes using the pen-name Edmund Owen.

In 2008 he published a collection of these pieces, together with some poetry, short stories, letters and a radio drama, under the title: One Mans Israel. In 2011 he published One Year in the History of Israel and Palestine, a blow-by-blow account of the events of 2010 as they impacted on the effort, led by the United States, to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation.

His book The Search for Detente: Israel and Palestine 2012-2014 was published in the autumn of 2014 and followed the latest, and ultimately abortive, Obama-Kerry peace talks effort. The Chaos in the Middle East: 2014-2016. followed in 2016.

He writes regularly for the "Jerusalem Post" and the "Eurasia Review" and he runs the blog: A Mid-East Journal.

He is also a veteran radio dramatist, and in 2019 he published Audio Drama: 10 Plays for Radio and Podcast.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2006 he was awarded an MBE "for services to broadcasting and to drama".

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