Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi audiobook

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor

By Yossi Klein Halevi
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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. 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.

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New York Times bestseller

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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Yossi Klein Halevi narrates a sober, heartfelt examination of one of the world’s oldest conflicts. In doing so, he transforms a personal book into an even more intimate experience for the listener. Halevi is precise and measured in his delivery. These are deliberate choices that allow the listener to focus on the historical facts and the emotional, often difficult-to-hear anecdotes that are intertwined throughout. The author takes us on his unique journey as a Jewish Israeli citizen who tries to see the conflict from the perspective of the Palestinians. His somber narration underscores the difficulty of his task as an objective observer and of his self-appointed role as a mediator in this historically entrenched dispute.” AudioFile
“Beautifully written, with passion, generosity, and above all great heart, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor offers a model not only for Middle East peacemaking but for navigating divides in our own society.” Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author
“A profound and original book, the work of a gifted thinker.” Wall Street Journal
“By providing an honest, soulful, and balanced recap of two emotional narratives, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor has given us a spiritual road map, if not to peace, then at least to hope.” Jewish Journal
“Yossi Klein Halevi wants to extend an olive branch to his Palestinian neighbors, and does so, in his incredibly compelling and heartfelt book.” Jerusalem Post
“A poetic and moving account…Heartfelt, empathetic” Publishers Weekly
“A plea for ‘radical goodwill’ in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians…A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs.” Kirkus Reviews
“When it came to Israel and Palestine, to Muslims and Jews, I had long come to feel that there couldn’t be much new under the sun. How happy I am to be proven so wrong. Halevi’s book is a gift and a challenge, a gorgeously composed, deeply personal accomplishment animated by this simple gesture: I will share my convictions, because I wish for you to share yours. Then, and only then, can we find a durable peace. These letters overflow with faith, conveyed by Halevi’s sincerity and humility. You, like me, may find yourself disagreeing from time to time, and even strongly so. But you will never find yourself unmoved. There are, of course, always those who are willing to talk, if only we’d listen. What Halevi demonstrates is far more unusual: There are also those who are willing to listen, if only we’d talk.” Haroon Moghul, author of How to Be a Muslim
“A powerful, challenging, and deeply moving plea for human understanding across one of the most tragic divides in modern politics.” Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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Author Bio: Yossi Klein Halevi

Author Bio: Yossi Klein Halevi

Yossi Klein Halevi is the author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden and Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of leading newspapers and magazines, he is a contributing editor to the New Republic and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Yossi is active in Middle East reconciliation efforts and serves as chairman of Open House, an Arab-Jewish coexistence center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English