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My Promised Land

The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel
Shavit, Ari (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Through revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians, Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today.
Authors: Shavit, Ari
Title: My promised land
the triumph and tragedy of Israel
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2013]
Characteristics: xiv, 445 pages :,illustrations, map ;,25 cm
Content Type: cartographic image
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Media Type: unmediated
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Summary: Tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Through revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians, Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today.
ISBN: 0385521707
9780385521703
Statement of Responsibility: Ari Shavit
Copyright Date: ©2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-424) and index.
Subject Headings: Israel Politics and government. Arab-Israeli conflict.
Topical Term: Arab-Israeli conflict.
LCCN: 2012046122
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Jul 16, 2014
  • broberts13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Through letters and interviews, Shavit presents the views of all parties involved from 19th century Zionist settlers through present-day residents, both Arab and Jew.

The book describes the many success of the Jewish people, explaining why Jewish Israelis have the highest invention rate per capita than any other group and goes on to explain the current threats to the survival of Israel and worldwide Judiasm.

Jul 13, 2014
  • delfon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fairly comphrehensive, easy to read overview of Israel using stories of many of the dedicated creators of Israel. A motivational story in which one can only be in awe.How a small group of Europeans (East and West), turned a barren wasteland into a paradise on earth, (while unfortunately, seeing but not seeing a serpent sitting in plain view).
So to, there are ominous and striking similarities with Canada.
Elites come, ignore residents, build, take land, build, make laws, build, trade, war, and suddenly; a country is born.
Meanwhile back at the forest, slum, fishing village, farmhouse. People do not get the benefits new people get; free housing, medical care, employment provisions, supervision to success.
Surprise, enthrallment and pride that seems universal, can be/and is, subverted, by; elitism, nasty attitudes, undemocratic discriminatory behaviors, and so on.
Suddenly, Israel has 7 internal revolutions; Canada too has much the same:
A foreign elite, discriminatory employment, housing restricted to new comers of any and all varities, but not necessarily resident born, and voila, we have Canada.
Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Now, Israel has 50% of its population not contributing taxes. War, Terrorism by a slighted majority, a right wing thinking process, intransigent and not used to power sharing -- and the strongest, most powerful armed force in the area. How can 2.5 million people have the skill set to build an atomic weapon? But, they do.
This is a fascinating read, and one can suddenly understand why Canadians feel for the Palestinians, maybe its because, they are almost, or we are soon to be, them. One can understand why a rigid, closed government, prone to thinking of itself first and ignoring the commons. can be so dedicated to another government of similar character.

Here's another review:.
https://lareviewofbooks.org/review/tragedy-political-correctness-ari-shavit-confusion-zionist-liberal-left>.
Well, now its on to reading the same book.

Jun 28, 2014
  • Manuel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This very candid writing is easily the most important book and the most important published word I have ever read on present-day Israel/Palestine. Ignoring it and its message would be tantamount to ignoring one’s future. It is written in a highly literary manner by an Israeli journalist.

"My Promised Land" is what I would call a heartbreak title because Shavit mourns what his country has become: instead of the promise of democracy, progress and “light shining from out of Zion,” there has been trouble after trouble, war after war, killing after killing, displacement and ethnic cleansing. Peace has been completely absent, largely because of the political aspirations of the leaders of each side.

Shavit wonders, “What will become of us, Mohammed [a close friend]? … What will become of my daughter Tamara, your son Omar? What will happen to my Land, your Land?” (p.324). I am haunted by this wail.

The book is elegantly written. It has a map at the front and an index; I found the latter to be of marginal help.

Shavit could have put more of the book into his own words instead of quoting extensively from his interviewees which I found wearing.

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