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4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile read, 8 Mar 2014
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This review is from: My Promised Land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel (Kindle Edition)
In the introduction to his book, Ari Shavat writes of " a personal odyssey.. exploring the wider narrative of his nation. Through family history, personnal history and in depth interviews... What has happened in my homeland for over a century that has brought us to where we are now? What was achieved here and what went wrong here, and where are we heading?"
His chapters focus on incidents with family, personal and historical significance that led from the (mainly) well intentioned,19th century Zionist dreams of a homeland in Palestine to the present unhappy situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. For example: the hopes and energy of the kibbutz movement; the growth of tit-for-tat terrorism; the ethnic cleansing of the 1948 war; and the relentless grind of occupation and repression in the remnant of Palestine that may one day form a homeland for the Palestinians. He writes about the twin problems that need to be faced: 'intimidation', felt by the Jewish Israelis who fear the Arab majority around them; and 'occupation', suffered by a disposessed Palestinian people, but also corrrupting the Israeli occupiers. Honest, with some glimmers of hope.
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