By Mark Tessler
Mark Tessler's hugely praised, complete, and balanced historical past of the Israeli-Palestinian clash from the earliest instances to the present―updated during the first years of the twenty first century―provides a confident framework for realizing contemporary advancements and assessing the clients for destiny peace. Drawing upon a big selection of records and on examine via Palestinians, Israelis, and others, Tessler assesses the clash on either the Israelis' and the Palestinians' phrases. New chapters during this multiplied version elucidate the Oslo peace technique, together with the explanations for its failure, and the political dynamics in Israel, the West financial institution, and Gaza at a severe time of transition.
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One of its goals was the removal of any contradiction between religion and modern life; and among the initiatives undertaken in pursuit of this objective was the creation of societies for the scientific study of Judaism, including investigation of the historical evolution of Jewish rituals and customs. A related development was the promotion of new forms of religious education. "35 Another of Reform Judaism's goals was the restructuring of religious activity so as to make it more palatable to educated men and women who identified with general European culture.
This community, which existed prior to the fall of Judah, was also treated well by local officials and was appreciated in particular for its contribution to the commercial and economic life of the country. So far as the Jews remaining in Palestine are concerned, they were primarily peasants, and in the decades immediately following the destruction of Jerusalem they lived a precarious existence marked by poverty and insecurity. E. and incorporated its provinces into the newly created Persian Empire.
Thus was established the Second Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine. , an assembly convened in Jerusalem to approve the rule of Judah's sole surviving brother, Simon, thereby resurrecting the Israelite monarchy and establishing a new line of Judean kings, known as the Hasmoneans. Hasmonean leadership was marked by a fusion of political, religious, and military authority, as sanctioned by the Jerusalem assembly. The kingdom also grew stronger under the Hasmoneans, so that, with the growing disintegration of the Seleucid Empire, it was able to recapture Samaria and other parts of Eretz Yisrael lying outside Judea.
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