Since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 by a United Nations mandate, the Middle East has been a flashpoint of conflict between the world's only Jewish state and the Palestinians, who lost their land because of the UN partition. Although peace agreements were signed with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, Israel's relationships with Lebanon and Syria continue to be strained due to those countries' ties with the Islamic political party Hezbollah, and its relationship with Palestine continues to be marked by violence. Despite the ongoing conflict with Palestine, Israeli troops and settlers vacated the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank in 2005. However, any hope of peace between Israel and Palestine was put on hold when Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a massive stroke in January 2006. Enhanced with new information, abundant study helps, and crisp, full-color photographs, this ready-reference volume will help students keep pace with current events as they explore the culture, geography, economy, and government of the state of Israel.
Full-color photographs. Facts at a glance. History at a glance. Full-color maps. Bibliography. Further reading. Index.
About the Author(s)
Donald J. Zeigler is professor of geography at Old Dominion University, where he specializes in political geography, world cities, and the Middle East. He is a former president of the National Council for Geographic Education, and in 2006, he received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education.