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Children in War (Hardback)

A First-Hand Account of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Military > By Century Military > Reference World History

By Elon Perry
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781036108489
Published: 5th April 2024

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Children in War is a story about vulnerable and helpless children around the world at the mercy of pompous leaders, who perpetually endanger them through bloody conflicts and severe poverty due to the depletion of the state budget caused by the war efforts. Innocent children who could not comprehend the link between war and the lack of food, toys, and chocolate. This is a story of one of them, a frightened poverty-stricken child who never imagined that he would survive a harsh upbringing and get to study at university and excel in completing two academic degrees, in addition to his success in becoming an influential journalist and a lecturer. A scarred fragile boy who never dreamt of being accepted into a commando unit in the best army in the world, and participating in the most dangerous and challenging operations.

The following story is based on real events and is accompanied by original photographs taken at the time. It is narrated by a boy who lived his childhood and youth under fire, but when he grows up, he joins a commando unit to take revenge on the enemy who ruined his childhood. This is also an account of many youngsters who were reluctant to take part in an adult war. In the book, real vivid and detailed descriptions of battles are infused, including daring operations from the battlefield. Some of these accounts have never before been published, and only today, 40 years after the events, has the Israeli censorship allowed them to be shared.

In the book, the long bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict is told firsthand by the author who was a journalist and a commando combatant who presents a unique perspective due to a rare combination of covering the topic as a journalist for 25 years, and serving as a combat soldier in the Israeli army, taking part in hundreds of daring counter terror operations in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon.

This story can be an inspiration to people who find themselves in desperate situations. They can learn how against all odds and in any given situation one can survive difficulties, as long as one has the will, perseverance, and belief that anything is possible.

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About Elon Perry

Elon Perry MA is a historian, military analyst and lecturer on the 4,000 years of the history and politics of the Middle East, including the 100 years of the Israeli/Arab/Palestinian conflict.On this topic, Elon presents a unique perspective due to a rare combination of covering the topic as a journalist for 25 years, and serving as a combat soldier in the Israeli army, taking part in hundreds of daring counter terror operations in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. This unique pairing has enabled his audiences to gain firsthand knowledge of operations and battles in a precise and analytical manner.


From 1998 to 2014, Elon was a political science and history professor at Tel Aviv University. As a terror specialist and military analyst, he took part in several documentaries and was interviewed by numerous international media outlets, including BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, and more.


Elon was born and raised in Netivot, southern Israel, 3 km from Gaza’s border. His early years were spent mostly in shelters during a protracted conflict with Israel’s neighbouring Arab nations. This traumatic, paralyzing experience inspired him to enlist as a commando in the Israeli army in order to avenge the enemy that had ruined his childhood and youth.


Elon speaks English, Hebrew and Arabic. He is a British citizen and lives in London.

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