When Exactly Did The Arab-Israeli Conflict Begin? A Fireside Chat With Oren Kessler, Journalist & Author of “Palestine 1936”

When exactly did the conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours begin? Some detractors say that following the Six Day War, when Israel gained eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (sometimes called the West Bank), among other areas, the conflict truly kicked off, but others say Israel’s establishment in 1948 was the genesis.

Still, the seeds of the conflict were planted before that, in 1936. That’s according to journalist and political analyst Oren Kessler. Kessler’s new book, Palestine 1936: The Great Revolt and the Roots of the Middle East Conflict, posits that 1936 was the year which was critical in establishing a conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours.

Kessler has previously served as the Arab affairs correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, an editor, translator and writer for the English edition of Haaretz and a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society think tank in London, and he joins us as our guest on this week’s podcast.

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