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Nice title, but...
on 31 January 2016
Who is Ari Shavit* and why has this ill-informed, muddled exculpation sold so well**? (See Nathan Thrall's lengthy, reasoned, informative, fair-minded, sad and acute demolition job for the LRB.) Can it be simply down to the title, to the promise in Promised and the individuality of My (just right for the me generation) with a suspicion (deceptive) of irony in the whole, followed by the old school hokum of 'triumph and tragedy'? I fear so. Any straight history, any settler memoir, will give better insight.
* My plainive cry was rhetorical, but he's a journalist, and no kind of academic - think 'the guy in the bar'
** Aha! 'Shavit's book was written for an American audience, in English not Hebrew, and has received more praise from American Jews [who dislike the suggestion that there is any tension between their commitment to liberalism and their Zionism] than any other book on Israel published in the past decade.' Thrall nails it