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4.0 out of 5 stars
A new angle on Palestine, 16 Oct. 2012
If you have any interest in Palestine-Israel, do read this book. It is a compelling novel, set in the near future, in which two stories are told in alternate chapters, with the final link between them only revealed near the end. One is the story of Eleanor, a US Supreme Court judge, who finds herself unwillingly caught up in a case involving the question of whether US aid to Israel violates the US constitution. The other follows Ehud, a soldier in the IDF: Israel has launched a missile aimed at Iran, and it is Ehud's job to push the button which will destroy it before it reaches its target - if he is ordered to do so. The author has extensively researched the legal background, and the book raises fascinating questions about whether US policy towards israel could be turned in a new direction which would better recognise Palestinian rights. It vividly evokes the extreme difficulty of acting with fairness and justice in relation to both Israelis and Palestinians.