Explaining Zionism to Palestinians

(Times of Israel) Yossi Klein Halevi interviewed by David Horovitz - In Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Yossi Klein Halevi seeks to explain to our Palestinian neighbors who we Jews are and what we are doing here. It is being translated into Arabic and will be available online for free. In recent years, Klein Halevi, 64, has headed a program at Jerusalem's Hartman Institute that teaches visiting groups of American Muslim leaders about Judaism and Israel, and he rejects the idea that the Arab world "hates us and always will hate us" as self-defeating. He says he's also written this book for Jews and Zionists. We do ourselves and our cause a terrible disservice, he argues, by misrepresenting modern Israel as a story founded in European Jewry and the Holocaust. What we should be explaining is the "Zionism of longing" - "how we preserved the centrality of the Land of Israel in Jewish consciousness, in every corner of the globe where Jews lived" for thousands of years.

2018-05-04 00:00:00

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