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The War of Return


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Two prominent Israeli liberals argue that for the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians to end in peace, Palestinians must come to terms with the fact that there will be no "right of return".

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ADI SCHWARTZ is an Israeli researcher and author. His work focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Israeli history and current affairs. EINAT WILF is a former Israeli politician who served as a member of Knesset for Independence and the Labor Party. She is one of Israel's leading public intellectuals.


"Schwartz and Wilf, both of the left, have written a must-read about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the reason it won't be settled anytime soon. A great book and an important one." --Ben Shapiro, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire

[A] convincing and essential book. --Bret Stephens, New York Times

"The War of Return eloquently explains why the Palestinian demand for 'return' has continually sabotaged chances for a two-state solution. The historical amnesia of the contemporary West, coupled with the hypocrisy of Arab states, have artificially sustained a cause that should have long ago been discredited by all those hoping to solve the Palestinian tragedy. A major contribution to the very short bookshelf of essential books on the Arab-Israeli conflict." --Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and Dreamers "The War of Return looks frankly and perceptively at the most prominent obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace: the Palestinian demand that the world and Israel recognize the Palestinian refugees' 'right of return, ' and Israel's refusal to accept that 'right' and a mass refugee return. Anyone seriously interested in the ongoing Arab-Zionist conflict needs to know what Schwartz and Wilf spell out." --Benny Morris, author of Righteous Victims and The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949

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