TIME Middle East

TIME Covers: 47 Years of War and Hope in the Middle East

A look back at nearly five decades of conflict and attempts at lasting peace

The Middle East has wrought episodes of war and attempts at peace that have defined news coverage for much of the past half-century. That has especially been the case with Israel and the Palestinian Territories. TIME’s first cover story on Israel, “The Struggle to Survive,” came in 1967, nearly two decades after it was first recognized as a state. It has been featured one way or another—from tanks and doves, to aggression and deescalation, to leaders and guns—alongside searing images and bold headlines more than 30 times since then.

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