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reply to Peter, USA
There are no "moderates". they have been assassinated, moved abroad, or are hiding under the bed.
sydney herbert, usa, 16/04/2013 21:59:00
reply to Dubious
See paragraph 7 above. Author specifically mentions increasing middle east fundamentalism and Iran`s nuclear threat.Don`t let your prejudices blind you to the text.
sydney herbert, usa, 16/04/2013 21:57:00
a response to dubious
This essay and the tensions that are highlighted, defines the dilemma, precisely! To Dubious, and others who would deny the existential threat, (and offer zero evidence for their declarations), may I remind them that in a Middle East, where Holocaust denial flourishes, Hamas and Hezbollah are long standing proxies of Iranian state terror. Educate yourselves about their track record.
Ron, USA, 24/03/2013 16:57:00
"moving on with our lives"
What is the actual meaning of "In the absence of a credible peace partner, we’re moving on with our lives"? Does it mean ignoring the problem? Is that a moral virtue? Is Israel powerless to affect Palestinian attitudes? Are the Palestinians a unified monolith? Can Israel do anything to weaken extremists and strengthen moderates? Is current Israeli policy having this effect, or the opposite? Is the status quo sustainable?
Peter, USA, 14/03/2013 07:36:00
purim jews etc.
Yossi, A brilliant essay! The conflicted israeli soul certainly describes me. And the 2 zachors - teriffic! And sad.
david dishon, israel, 10/03/2013 23:19:00
Dubious
YKH subtly promotes a status quo agenda (and therefore right wing by default), whilst sounding ever so open-minded and reasonable. The key line is "the urgency of existential threat once again facing our people." This is simply untrue (unless perhaps he is talking about Iran, which I don`t think he is). There is no urgent existential threat to Israel from the Palestinians/Arabs and there has not been since the 1970s. YKH`s (and many Israelis` belief) that there is one serves to perpetuate the status quo, and ultimately (ironically) increases the possibility of that threat returning.
Raphael, UK, 06/03/2013 19:29:00
 
 
   
 
   
 
 
Yossi Klein Halevi is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, a member of the Institute's iEngage Project.
 
His 2013 book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, won the Book of the Year Award from the U.S. Jewish Book Council. 
 
His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, was republished in 2014. In 2001 he published, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land. A Hebrew version of that book was published in 2006 by Shalom Hartman Institute.