Book of the Times Exclusive Excerpt Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, by Yossi Klein Halevi Acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present. Introduction … The paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem in 1967 and restored Jewish sovereignty to the Holy City fulfilled a dream of two millennia. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts. If we ever reach the point where we find a reasonable negotiating partner on the other side, there will be a majority, maybe even a large majority, for a deal. Readers not familiar with Israeli society may not fully understand the country's irreverent and confrontational manner of speech and communication, which is a theme here. Some were kibbutzniks, some just secular Jews, some sabras, some the children of immigrants, and others religious to one degree or another. Among the religious Zionists, Halevi focuses most intensely on Yoel Bin-Nun, a founder of the Gush Emunim Bloc of the Faithful settlement movement.
The journalist devotion of the author to not pass judgement leaves him more sympathetic to the perspectives that led to the Jewish extremism in the 1970's and eventually led to the Baruch Goldstein massacre and the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin. Deep in the rural English countryside, she meets a retired beekeeper by the name of Sherlock Holmes. One emerges at the forefront of the religious settlement movement, while another is instrumental in the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. What remarkable people we have in this country. A revelation for me was Sebastia. Perhaps I would move to a kibbutz.
In short, I'm not well versed in the day-to-day nuances of modern Israeli history, and this book basically covers Israel for nearly 40 years, starting with 1967. How, Israelis wondered, could it have come to this? Halevi goes back to a time where the Jews, barley two decades after the holocaust, are facing annihilation again, and again the world is not interested in helping. Arik Achmon is an astoundingly capable individual, kibbutz-born but coming to embrace capitalism and to foster its growth in Israeli society. That summer everyone in Israel felt like family. The book then tracks the lives of these - again, diverse - individuals whose paths intersect for better or worse as the State of Israel evolves into the New Millennium. What did it actually feel like? That summer I resolved to return one day and become an Israeli. Maybe one last thing I want to ask you: This banal comment you cite from Rabbi Yehuda Amital — about the people taking precedence over the land — which is so obvious and which you worry is not sufficiently internalized.
It was possible for Jews to pray again. And it reads like a novel. Yet within a few years, these brothers in arms found themselves heading conflicting political movements that would shape Israeli society and its politics. The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In 1982, Halevi moved to Israel. I listened to a podcast where Yossi Klein Halevi, the author, presented this book.
Both movements saw the Jewish return home as an event of such shattering force that something grand—world transformative—must result. We cannot be careless with our ideologies. Contrary to opinions that dominate the discussion, he discovers that the paradox of Israeli political discourse is that both sides are right in what they affirm - and wrong in what they deny. If you have any questions, please review our or email us at. There was so much history about Israel and Jerusalem that I didn't know before reading this book, and somehow the author managed to give me a thorough history lesson while also telling a story that flowed like a n This book is simply stunning.
The book tells of his spiritual journey as a religious Jew into the worlds of Christianity and Islam in Israel. But as the violence of the various intifadas takes an ever larger toll, that unity has been sundered. Secular kibbutzniks and religious Zionists disagreed about God and faith and the place of religion in Jewish identity and in the life of the state. There are many ways to write the history of a nation. Hanan Porat in Sebastia, 1975 photo credit: Moshe Milner, Government Press Office And whom you endeavor to somewhat rehabilitate regarding his ostensible happiness on Purim after the Goldstein massacre? The territorial gains that resulted became both flash points for conflict and bargaining chips for peace. How are we supposed to understand that? I have enjoyed thoroughly reading thi I listened to a podcast where Yossi Klein Halevi, the author, presented this book. A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of leading newspapers and magazines, he is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
This is presented as the apex of Israeli unity. But in the tumultuous love story between God and his people, failure was no less instructive than success. I learned a lot about a country and a conflict I though I knew a lot about. It is possible to describe the military campaigns and the political maneuvering in a very dry, detail-filled fashion, the way most history books record the passing of time. But also how we moved from the Hebrew music of the 50s and 60s to the Hebrew rock of today.
I've read several books on Israel at this point, and this is the one I've enjoyed most. Many religious Zionists believed that the creation of a Jewish state would be the catalyst for the messianic era. There is a point of view. Tragedy is one way, and astonishing perseverance is another. I frame it in the context of the utopian or messianic vision. You realize the enormous force, the emotional force of the settlement movement, and why it was so unstoppable.
And you say this on the basis of what other people said about him? In this way, the author captures the diverse and divergent visions of the Israeli left and right, the Peace Now-ers and Greater Israel-ers, the kibbtuzniks and the settlers, the secular and the religious. That is not to say that Klein Halevi embraces all the characters in the book. Yoel Bin-Nun, 2013 photo credit: Frederic Brenner Apparently, though smiles , one can read this book and reach your conclusion, which is a totally legitimate reading of this book. Its focus is more narrow, telling in depth the personal stories of the paratroopers who won back Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. Not that he convinced them, but there was a softer tone in the conversation because Motta really loved the settlers.