This book provides a superb account of the colonial war on Palestine, and it covers a broad range of historical events that range from the early years of the twentieth century up until the ongoing death of the peace process. The Hundred Years’ War is essential reading, both for those who want to understand the origins and development of the conflict and for those who want to bring it to an end. When it won the 2020 Palestine Book Award, Professor Nur Masalha, an award judge, described it as the ‘best researched history to date of the past century of struggle’.
Khalidi stresses the need to fully grasp realities that continue to impede a meaningful peace. He places particular emphasis on the fact that Zionism, essential both to the establishment of the Jewish state and its continued existence, is predicated upon inequality. He therefore insists on “[a]bsolute equality of human, personal, civil, political, and national rights” as a precondition. In his words, “without equality, no peace can be sustainable and lasting”.