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5.0 out of 5 stars Where from there?
A very genuine and thorough look at Israel situation. It has no blind spot whatsoever. Ari Shavit sees the situation from everyone's point of view and does not possess rose tinted glasses. What Ari Shavit does not offer is a solution. In a sense, it flows from his ability to see everyone's point of view and refusal to take side. If every one is right or at least has a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Just average; one sided
Felt that it was one sided and writing was average. Interesting to read but didn't really feel his argument was that well made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential read for Israel watchers., 7 May 2014
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An essential read .. from an insider. honest, very aware of the dilemma of this successful intellectually and military powerful small state surrounded by actual and potential enemies. Shavit asks all the right questions to which he elicits candid answers from so many players ,Israeli and Palestinian. Though the style is that of a fluent articulate thoughtful journalist and sometimes irritates, it is an account through so many very different eyes of the history of Zionism and Israel and its place there in the Middle East, it is a personal survey and study that is irresistible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the finest discourse on the phenomenal of Israel, 11 Jun 2014
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This is the best and most insightful study on the nature of the State of Israel I have read. It fully describes the contradictions of modern day life in Israel and how the various strands and groups react and thrive.

It is well worth reading by an avowed leftist who fully appreciates the motivations and fears of all sections of society and the limitations of everyone he interviews.

It is the story of the triumph of hope (Hatikvah) in a a world of harsh realities and the indomitable spirit of an ancient people triumphing in the modern world!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very balanced, insightful read., 7 Jun 2014
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I've read very few books on Israel but read and heard much of both 'sides' of the noise around modern Israel and the Palestinians. This book gives a balanced and solid historical context from 1897 to 2013 into what and why the impetus of a desperate and persecuted generation created a unified and then realized vision of safety, strength and nationhood while utterly ignoring and deliberately destroying and displacing the indigenous inhabitants of the land and the consequences to Israel and it's people ever since.

An excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, thoughtful & honest, 3 Mar 2014
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This was easy bto read & kept me hooked, I also felt the arguments of many sides were well-put, while the author honestly declares his identity as a WASP (Western Ashkenazi Socialist Peacenik)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book, 29 Mar 2014
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Lot's of things to learn for those who only see Israel through the media. Proof that there are Israelis who understand that Palestinians cannot be treated as inferior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Promised Land, 18 May 2014
Shavit writes wonderful prose, with razor-sharp analysis combined with a heartfelt passion for his country. This is one of the most insightful biographies on Israel and its position in the Middle East. In spite of his acknowledged left-wing views on life, this is an extremely balanced and accurate biopsy of a country in precarious turmoil but written with a true yearning for compromise, peace and strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, 19 April 2014
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i loved the way Arie Shavit took us through the journey of Israels history using stories focussed in detail on certain characters, on Herbert Bentwich in the 1890s, on the kibbutz communist pioneers,on the orange growers of Rehovot.I liked the way Shavit was able to look at the darkness and the light with little judgement and ask the question..will Israel survive the risks and threats of the 21st century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, thought-provoking and deeply challenging, 11 April 2014
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Ari Shavit's view of Israeli history is personal and yet enables the reader to see the perspectives of all concerned
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Israel,in many years, 16 Mar 2014
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Usuall do not agree with Shavit's columns in Haaretz, he starts off fine but often veers to the wrong conclusion. Here he's based a book on a number of article he already wrote and interviews with key people over the years. My disagreement was minor in most chapters and his conclusions frequently painfully accurate. Worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 9 Feb 2014
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I would recommend this book. It is very well written and gives an interesting account of Israel. A 'must read'.
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