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Right in accusing Shavit of thinking too much That said once I finished
And Reflected On What reflected on what d learnt I admit I found it helpful to follow Shavit s introspective thoughtsHowever these are relatively petty asides the book was unputdownable It s just a shame thoughtsHowever these are relatively petty asides the book was unputdownable It s just a shame in my humble opinion these petty asides give the critics of this liberal left opinion their entry points for attack Told mainly through a series of vignettes and interviews this fine book builds toward one overarching conclusion namely that Israel as it currently stands politically socially and demographically is a country living on borrowed timeIt
"Is At Once The Idealistic Romantic Story "at once the idealistic romantic story Israel s 19th century beginnings which ever so uickly folds into the initial conflicts with Palestinian neighbors followed by conflicts ever intense with each succeeding decade and leading ultimately to the situation today in which a prosperous and powerful country of 6 million people is surrounded by 3 or 4 hundred million Arabs who for the most part wish they weren t thereThe author Ari Shavit a proud Israeli citizen sees his country as a land careening toward disaster unless and until it threads the needle out of the vortex in which it now finds itself In a certain sense this is a Waiting for Godot story in which it appears that no solution is anywhere in sight For there is for certain a poison cup in this land from which both sides drunk deeplySo profoundly distressing and so dangerous is the current situation that at least to me the only possible present path forward would seem to be a long series of moderating mini steps that might over time ever so gradually dissipate the fear and hostility that today governs the multiple players and parties who inhabit this troubled land This was a difficult book for me to read or review as it contains material seldom supplied in the usual sources available to me However I think it very important to reconsider the direction of a country so necessary for the survival of Jews and a country that calls itself the only democracy in the Middle EastI read many facts in this book that I was totally unaware of et somewhere deep inside I had always uestioned the total animosity existing in this tiny country I felt the tension when visiting several times despite loving the area and what I thought it stood forIt is not an easy read and I wanted to go back over a number of sections in order to better understand what had taken place earlier but I m not that familiar et with finding things on my Kindle so eventually I may re read this book in regular book formI strongly recommend reading this book written by the grandson of one of the early founders in order to see and try to understand that in order to remain a viable country perhaps it is important to open dialogue both within the Israeli community and if at all possible with the surrounding countries Or I worry this miracle country will no longer be My Promised Land I grew up after the war when information about the holocaust was being made known I remember the shock and horror that overwhelmed me as a child and has stayed with me all my life In the 60 s I had many Jewish friends some born in Israel some who had fought for Israel We were all enthusiastic about changing the world and the vision and energy of The State of Israel was inspiring I admit that my reactions to the events happening in Israel since then have been simplistic and fuelled by my gut reaction that we cannot allow Israel to be wiped off the mapReading this beautifully written ruthlessly honest book has opened my mind to the complex multi faceted society Israel has becomeAri s book has me exultant about the triumphs weeping about the tragedies and horrified by the actions some Israelis have and are taking to defend themselvesMy heart aches for all the Jews and Arabs caught up in this painful painful situatio. D Lan. ,
Ead up to the 1948 War of Independence ancient Masada the mountaintop fortress where Jews made their suicidal last stand against Herod s Romans 2000 ears ago as a stirring symbol for Israeli outhHowever the Labor opposition Revisionist movement lionised Masada decades before GutmanIn fact Shavit even refers in
his book to the hanging of Shlomo Ben Yosef the first Jewish terrorist in 193821 ear old Benbook to the hanging of Shlomo Ben Yosef the first Jewish terrorist in 193821 ear old Ben infamously Ben Yosef the first Jewish terrorist in 193821 ear old Ben infamously before being executed for attempting to murder Arab civilians in a retaliatory attack To die or to conuer the hill Yodefet Masada Betar these Masada inspired lines drawn from the Revisionist outh movement anthem he had grown up withBen Yosef declaration is a very well known Zionist historical incident It seems almost inconceivable to me that Shavit would not be aware of this pre Gutman Masada linkBut no matter for the author pretty clearly stresses that My Promised Land is his own personal journey and NOT a history The finished product is certainly personal and on balance an excellent uietly passionate and instructive polemicThere are parts of it that bored me witless but there are huge shocking factoids as well the Ofra leader who openly shares with Shavit his dispassionate plans for blowing up the Dome of the Rock Defence Minister Dayan empathetically defending a Gaza Palestinian at the funeral of an Israeli soldier he murdered the Palestinian not Dayan the former top engineer at the Dimona nuclear plant essentially telling Shavit that Israel ought to nuke Iran before Iran nukes Israel technicolor details of deliberate and deliberately low key systematic mass scale disenfranchisement of Palestinians by Jewish leadersThe author is a bit of a hand wringing Nellie for mine and a bit slippery too not only vis a vis the tailored information but also in the way he seems to drool at several points in the book over slim good looking oung people cf Gunnin' For Love you can t help it the sordid accusations against him in recentears But My Promised Land is a really good thought provoking book a uality piece of work It is an important book to read but it has its blind spots Overall his love of Israel and pride in its achievements shines through and it is a thoughtful and cutting analysis Key personalities with their strengths and weaknesses loom large on the page Like so many Israeli s of conscience it is not reticent in pointing out where in his judgement mistakes and wrongdoings have been committed But while he highlights the blindness of the early Zionists in recognising the significance of the Arabs who also regarded the land as their home he continues to be blind to the Palestinians as dynamic counterparts to the story of Israel and as key players in the current dilemma s They are not given agency or responsibility Have finished the excellent My Promised Land I learnt lots either that I did not know at all or colouring in of stuff I sort of knew by explaining and linking the history in a human and unbiased fashion I m no expert about books on this topic but it certainly seems to be a book of its time for its time a balanced must read As I read the first half of the book I wished the story telling and clear balance was augmented with Palestinian voices And then in the second half there they were Perhaps all the powerful for having held off these testimonies until thenIn a few places the style was arrogant More often it was repetitive in the reflective passages And especially towards the end it was too eulogistic about Israel and Israelis I m not referring to the right or wrong of the merits of Israel or Israelis but to the eulogising itself It serves only to undermine the otherwise balanced narrative by hinting at biasI felt the last third of the book lost the focus of what had come before and as reflective sections came in made me think as I was reading that one of his interviewees might have been. Omise.
free read ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ó Ari ShavitFor anyone interested in Israel and the Mideast this is a fascinating book Particularly interesting are the chapters on Zionism in the 30 s the War of Independence in 1948 and the Israeli nuclear program It is unprecendented in my opinion to hear the Palestinian point of view fairly presented in a book that is overall pro Israel Reading it one comes to a better understanding of the depths of the grievances of the Palestinians and why peace is so hard to achieve The bottom line is unlike other settled countries which had huge expanses of land and small indigenous populations like the US Canada and Australia Palestine was small and had a significant Arab population Constructing the Jewish state led to significant displacement of these peoples but without this displacement there would be no Jewish state Can t we all just get along Reading this book one must conclude unfortunately that isn t going to happen anytime soon The only criticism is that at times the author who is overall a very good writer is at times simply too wordy and repetitive A VERY well written in depth look inside Israel and at all that surrounds itWhatever Timoe you think of how the nation was born and how it has handled itself since it s a fascinating mostly dark storyI hope the future for Israel and its neighbours is brighter and there are some things here to giveou hope along with things to make Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you worryHow could a people who suffered so much then inflict suffering on others and kick them off their land Why in 70ears haven t all sides been able to sit down and talk and why when it was attempted did one side or other refuse to listenWhat has the outside world done to help and why has it helped one side at times and the other side at times There are a million uestions that a lot of very intelligent people over the ears have been unable to answerInteresting how secularism could alter everything and how the Arab Spring has kept people otherwise engaged or things could have reached a head already Interesting some critics take on this book how it is an exercise in liberal hand wringing concealing another agenda an apologist s agenda And interesting how passionately he can write on behalf of his non Jewish friends and see it from their perspective and agree over and over that the way Israel took land was wrong
And Still Needs To Bestill needs to be s a subject that splits us and confuses outsiders from every side but I think this book has great value for those of us too far away to properly grasp every single detail I went to Tel Aviv once found it fascinating but with an unmistakeable paranoia and a bit intimidating too I have seen parallels much closer to my home with a lot of what happened in Northern Ireland and all of IrelandAt
Least This Book Madethis book made think about it all and view it from new perspectives and witness an Israeli who admits openly there have been plenty mistakes on both sidesClearly a country that will be in the news for ears to come Wouldn t it be nice if we could all get along settle historical differences and find a liveable solution for everyone Sadly it s unlikely Meantime Israel does have to protect itself and Palestine does have to keep asking when they will get their land back I wouldn t want to be the politician who is left to sort it all outThank ou sir a very interesting book Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but they re not entitled to their own facts according to US Sen Daniel Patrick Moynihan One might indeed be entitled to an opinion but actually unless it is informed by facts it s worthless So much of what gets said and written about what is happening in Israel is vacuous and uninformed that This book is not and doesn t claim to be an accurate history It contains glaring errorsFor instance an entire chapter is devoted to Laborite Shmaryahu Gutman whose key achievement for the author is erecting in the My Pr.