Peter Rodgers

Peter Rodgers

Peter Rodgers is a former Australian ambassador to Israel whose latest book, Arabian Plights: The Future Middle East, was published in 2009.

Peter Rodgers reviews 'Palestine: Peace not apartheid' by Jimmy Carter

March 2007, no. 289 01 March 2007
Peter Rodgers reviews 'Palestine: Peace not apartheid' by Jimmy Carter
Not long before his election as Israel’s prime minister in May 1999, the country’s former military head Ehud Barak was asked by a journalist what he would have done if he had been born Palestinian. ‘I would have joined a terrorist organisation’, came the blunt reply. Barak, of course, had spent a good deal of his life working out how to kill Palestinians. So his was a decidedly candid ackn ... (read more)

Peter Rodgers reviews 'Israel’s Occupation' by Neve Gordon

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
Peter Rodgers reviews 'Israel’s Occupation' by Neve Gordon
Barack Obama has promised to change the way America does things. If he is serious about this when it comes to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, we can only hope that he will read Neve Gordon’s examination of Israel’s post-1967 rule of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The subject matter, and the occasionally choking academic writing, do not make for a pretty story. But the book might serve t ... (read more)

Peter Rodgers reviews 'Palestine Betrayed' by Efraim Karsh and 'Gaza: Morality, law & politics' edited by Raimond Gaita

October 2010, no. 325 01 October 2010
Peter Rodgers reviews 'Palestine Betrayed' by Efraim Karsh and 'Gaza: Morality, law & politics' edited by Raimond Gaita
It is a great pity that Efraim Karsh could not have read Raimond Gaita’s new collection of essays before completing his own. The essays might have prompted him to reflect that the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is not nearly as straightforward as he would have us believe. Karsh is a leading figure in the ultraconservative Revisionist Movement of Zionism. As head of Middle East studies at King ... (read more)

Peter Rodgers reviews 'The Battle for the Arab Spring' by Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren and 'Libya' by Alison Pargeter

September 2012, no. 344 30 August 2012
Peter Rodgers reviews 'The Battle for the Arab Spring' by Lin Noueihed and Alex Warren and 'Libya' by Alison Pargeter
The danger in writing about unfolding dramas is that they keep unfolding, potentially stranding both writer and reader. Not so with these two fine books, whose authors have long experience of the Middle East. Quite different in scope – a sweep of the Arab world contrasting with the ascent and decay of Muammar Gaddafi’s brutal régime – they deal with past, present, and possible future events ... (read more)