Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
ISBN: 006284492X
EAN13: 9780062844927
Language: English
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
New York Times bestseller Now with a new Epilogue, containing letters of response from Palestinian readers. A profound and original book, the work of a gifted thinker.--Daphne Merkin, The Wall Street Journal Attempting to break the agonizing impasse between Israelis and Palestinians, the Israeli commentator and award-winning author of Like Dreamers directly addresses his Palestinian neighbors in this taut and provocative book, empathizing with Palestinian suffering and longing for reconciliation as he explores how the conflict looks through Israeli eyes. And now, in a brand-new Epilogue, Palestinian readers have been given a chance to respond through their own powerful letters. I call you neighbor because I don't know your name, or anything personal about you. Given our circumstances, neighbor might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each other's dream, violators of each other's sense of home. We are incarnations of each other's worst historical nightmares. Neighbors? Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli's powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians and into the hearts of the enemy. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi explains what motivated him to leave his native New York in his twenties and move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland, which he is committed to see succeed as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. This is the first attempt by an Israeli author to directly address his Palestinian neighbors and describe how the conflict appears through Israeli eyes. Halevi untangles the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. In lyrical, evocative language, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel, using history and personal experience as his guide. Halevi's letters speak not only to his Palestinian neighbor, but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region. The paperback edition also includes a brand-new Epilogue, containing heartfelt letters of response from a variety of Palestinian readers.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Lyrical and evocative, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli's powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Yossi Klein Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience as his guides, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. In an unprecedented effort to share both sides of this terrible struggle, this new edition includes an extensive Epilogue of Palestinian letters to Halevi. Some angry, some empathetic, but all respectful, these responses break open the conversation between Israelis and Palestinians, laying bare the heartfelt emotion on both sides and showing that peace may be possible if one is only willing to listen. Speaking to all concerned global citizens, this provocative collection of letters from each side of the conflict models the kind of passionate, respectful discourse that is sorely missing in the world today, and helps us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately determine the fate of the region.