This is a genuine and intelligent critical inquiry into the nature of contemporary Israeli politics and its Zionist ideology and the development of Palestinian statehood by one of Israel?s most prominent literati. In an often trenchant tone, Elon explores the conditions that brought about the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the ascendance of the political right in Israel. The author reflects on the Palestinians? plight and their encouragement of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf crisis. An examination of the intifada is complemented by an interview with Yasir Arafat. Also included are commentaries on the leadership in Jordan and Egypt. Elon?s work is an indictment of current Israeli policy toward the peace process, which he thinks may be futile.