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A plea for peace,
This review is from: Rise, A Novel of Contemporary Israel (Kindle Edition)Rise was an interesting blend of novel and fact, woven around the recent history of the State of Israel. It represents an insider's view of the country and helps put the complicated politics into perspective for those of us who try to understand the problems from outside.
Lilah Kedem is an internationally recognised photographer; recording the happiness and pain of the world through its people. Following the death of her beloved brother in Israel, she had left her country and made her home in US. Her husband, Naftali, a member of the parliamentary opposition in Israel, could not live in the States and so the couple had spent many years living apart. Eventually Lilah decides to join Naftali and her son, Ido, who has, by now, also moved to Israel and a career in the Isareli army.
Once in Israel, she reunites with Michah, an old school friend, and together with Michah's husband, Issam, (a Jewish/Arab husband and wife) she becomes immersed in a call for peace within the country. As events appear to be spiralling out of control, they start up a grass-roots organisation, known as Na'aleh, or Rise.
The narrative was gripping and informative, but at the same time I did get rather bogged down in the politics around the middle of the story. Although peace between Israel and her neighbours is what we all wish for, I felt a bit like I was recieving a political manifesto at times.
In my opinion, books like this play a vital role in helping concerned citizens, world wide, to appreciate the complexities of the Israeli situation. Having read a number of books set both in Israel and Palestine, I hope I am begining to develop a sense of balance. The whole situation is mind-bogglingly complex, but perhaps all it needs is some real determination and a collective will for peace.