If you want to learn your sympathies in the Israel / Palestine issue, read this book. If you feel threatened by it, you are probably sympathetic to the history of the Palestinians and Islam, who did in fact build their country and religious monuments on top of the ancient Jewish land. (the references to historical structures and places are all true) If you do not feel threatened, then you are probably sympathetic to the Jewish cause, or are a fairly neutral thinker who can face the reality that the Jews understood the purpose in work and eventually force to make such a land livable.
I read this book in one day because it was riveting. The writing is simple, but strong. The characters are somewhat simple, but they are not necessarily there to become an expose of the human psyche, but to tell the story of an era. They give it the human side in which all of history needs to be seen. They are individuals to show differing views, but they are also whole races to give a sociological kaleidoscope.
There is terrorism and wrongdoing on all fronts, but the setting given by Uris helps to explicate some of the causes that bring men to such ends. On the other hand, there is also a study in grace, when it goes on and when it reaches its human limit. All in all, it was a wonderful supplement to the spirit of a time when a people were truly lost in the world that destroyed them and protected them. I know that I need to expand my own knowledge of this issue, but it gives a great, yet sobering, historical backdrop to present-day activities.
If you enjoy the objectivism of Ayn Rand, you will probably enjoy this as well.