An Israeli has written a series of open letters to his Palestinian neighbors. Will anyone respond?

Israel Palestine conflict

Conversations about the Israeli Palestinian conflict are often stale and unproductive.
Interlocutors talk in circles and rarely say anything new or productive.
A new book from Yossi Klein Halevi might change that.

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most of the “dialogue” consists of people talking in circles, to themselves, and to like minded individuals.

The peace processors talk about the peace process: No, it’s not dead, it can be saved, here’s how we can revive it.

Those who have given up blame either Israelis or Palestinians for everything that’s gone wrong and are uninterested in hearing any other perspective.

But every so often some piece of literature or political discourse comes around that seems to draw water from a different well. That’s the case with Yossi Klein Halevi’s new book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.”

His book, a collection of letters addressed to his Palestinian counterparts, functions as a new attempt at discourse that starts on a grassroots level. His language is beautiful. So is the idea behind the book: radical, unceasing empathy for the other — combined with an unadulterated, unmitigated dedication to one’s own people and one’s own land.

If that sounds complicated, it is.

Halevi’s newfangled idea is that there might be some progress, some movement at all, if only people could communicate directly to each other and not through their leaders — or the leaders of other countries. What isn’t certain, though, is that the people to whom he addressed these letters will actually read them.

Even more uncertain: Will there be any kind of response?

There should be. But just as there are doubtlessly those within Israeli society who feel that Halevi was too honest in his disclosures of the uncomfortable, unsanitized realities of the conflict, there would be those within Palestinian society who would …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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