With the war in the Middle East this January, the change of power in The White House and the elections in Israel, Gaza is a hot topic right now. Everyone is struggling to understand the situation and chart a new course for the future.
Australia journalist Paul McGeough has covered the Middle East over many years, winning multiple awards for his work. He was at Gleebooks in Sydney to launch his most recent book, Kill Khalid: Mossad's failed hit and the rise of Hamas. McGeough examines the current situation in Gaza, the rise and role of Hamas, the tensions between Hamas and Fatah and the relationship between America, Hamas and Israel.
Along the way, he uncovers some stories and plots that are so unlikely that they would be implausible in a Hollywood screenplay. But, they make for great reading.
Paul McGeough is a former Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and is now its chief correspondent spending much of his time in conflict zones Iraq and Afghanistan in particular.
McGeough was in Afghanistan just before September 11 and in New York on that day and has written several books about his reporting experiences, including Manhattan to Baghdad: Despatches from the frontline in the War on Terror and In Baghdad: A Reporter's War.
A hallmark of McGeough's writing is the human dimension he brings to world affairs. He is currently finishing his next book on the Middle East. Apart from being twice named Australian Journalist of the Year, his work has been acknowledged with five Walkley Awards.
Kill Khalid author Paul McGeough tells the story of Mousa Abu Marzook, a senior member of Hamas, who based his operations out of the basement of his house in Falls Church, Virginia. Abu Marzook, explains McGeough, managed to avoid detection and capture by US authorities.