His Provocative Ideas about the Middle East
St Martin's 2009
9780312362287   Product Code: 87414
After the death of Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president, Einstein was offered the presidency, but turned it down, explaining that it would 'create a conflict with my conscience'. He was a secular Jew, with mixed feelings about Zionism and supported the goal of a Jewish 'homeland' within Palestine, but with equal rights and power for Jews and Arabs. This collection of his essays and letters corrects the more widely accepted view that Einstein was a major supporter of the state of Israel.