Colin Shindler’s The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron, has been awarded the gold medal in The Washington Institute’s 2016 Book Prize competition, the research organization announced today. Shindler, emeritus professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, will receive the prestigious award and an accompanying $25,000 prize.

The Washington Institute Book Prize is awarded annually to exceptional new books that have illuminated the Middle East for American readers. “The Book Prize celebrates outstanding new scholarship examining the Middle East and assessing the myriad issues, opportunities, and threats facing the region today,” said Institute Executive Director Robert Satloff, the Howard P. Berkowitz Chair in U.S. Middle East Policy.

In its gold prize commendation, the judges wrote: “Colin Shindler’s The Rise of the Israeli Right expertly traces the evolution of this stream of the Zionist movement from the work of Ze’ev Jabotinsky in the early 20th century to its role as the dominant force in Israeli politics today. This myth-defying book describes the many contradictions that have characterized the Israeli Right – its liberalism and militancy, pragmatism and idealism. The Rise of the Israeli Right is indispensable to any nuanced understanding of the Right today, and why its hold on power now appears unshakable.” The Rise of the Israeli Right is published by Cambridge University Press.