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The core of the book factually recounts the diplomatic history of Hashemite and Zionist relations with the victorious Powers in 1919, the year in which Arab hopes of nationhood were dashed and Jewish hopes were raised in the promise of a homeland in Palestine under a British mandate. The bulk of the text reproduces original telegrams, memoranda and minutes in a like manner to the spate of official and confidential material recently exposed on the internet (WikiLeaks) and in the press (Guardian).The rest of the story concerns a Palestinian family living beside the Kidron valley in today’s Jerusalem. They are practicing Anglicans which brings to the fore doctrinal issues which run back and forth in time and place and which reflect the intellectual standing of the paterfamilias as a Bible scholar.The eldest son is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE). He follows his father’s interests with care and understanding and is prepared to contribute to them by garnering for him the latest thinking on the gospel story. In his own right a budding political scientist who has completed his doctoral thesis on the diplomatic prelude to the foundation of the state of Israel, he reveals in great detail the contest between Feisal and Weizmann for the ear of the British Government.It is the detail that mazes his father and provides him with material for a project he becomes keen to initiate; a film script to a sequel of David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.The discovery by the youngest son of metal canisters in a cave on the slopes of the Kidron Valley which echoes the discovery of the copper sheaths containing the Dead Sea Scrolls provides a further context for the film; the books of the Kidron Bible, like those of the Dead Sea Scrolls, give meaning to potent notions of nationhood in the minds of those who seek to establish title to territory by proof of history; ancient or modern.The book gives a dramatic record of doings by men in a land that was contested between renascent nations in the play of Great Powers, heavenly and temporal; a contest which resulted in the saplings of the Arab Spring of 1919 being nipped in bud, explaining why the tree of Arab hope may not again come to fruition.Anyone wishing to calculate the probability of a general and comprehensive settlement of the crisis in the Middle East should read this book; it is, as a Greek would say, tees oras; ‘of the moment’; it is published at the very onset of another Arab Spring whose winter in 2010 witnessed the attack on the British Embassy in Yemen, the driest and most flammable of Arab states. The bombing was justified by the perpetrators on aspects of diplomatic history contained herein.