The discussion around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict tends to be overheated and thoroughly resistant to reasoned debate. For anyone interested in learning more about its roots, and particularly for American Jews hoping to better understand Israel’s founding and early history, “Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict” is a standout book that will both teach and productively provoke. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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