By Yossi Klein Halevi
In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the tales of a gaggle of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the background of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day conflict to the present.
Following the lives of 7 younger participants from the fifty fifth Paratroopers Reserve Brigade, the unit accountable for restoring Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem, Halevi unearths how this band of brothers performed pivotal roles in shaping Israel’s future lengthy after their old victory. whereas they labored jointly to reunite their state in 1967, those males harbored enormously diverse visions for Israel’s future.
One emerges on the vanguard of the spiritual cost stream, whereas one other is instrumental within the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. One turns into a driver within the progress of Israel’s capitalist economic climate, whereas one other ardently defends the socialist kibbutzim. One is a number one peace activist, whereas one other is helping create an anti-Zionist terror underground in Damascus.
Featuring an 8 pages of black-and-white pictures and maps, Like Dreamers is a nuanced, in-depth examine those varied males and the conflicting ideals that experience helped to outline smooth Israel and the center East.
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