Historical facts alone cannot explain why and how things happen. This new psychoanalytic history by Avner Falk is an attempt to look beyond the facts in order to explain what is truly happening between Palestinians and Israelis.
In the early part of this work, Falk looks at Sharon and Arafat as case studies. In examining what they said and did over the years the author tries to explain to us, the lay reader, the underlying psychological issues that caused each man to behave as he did.
By far the most important part of the book is the last few chapters, in which Falk deals with the Arab mindset and the Israeli mindset. He covers issues that are on the minds of everyone who follows the affairs of the Middle East: What makes the suicide bomber tick? Can the conflict ever be resolved? Index.