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A Traumatized but Reborn Israel Faces Terrifying Choices

What happens on the battlefield in the coming weeks and perhaps months will help determine the next iteration of Israel.
Photo: Israel Defense Forces via Flickr
Photo: Israel Defense Forces via Flickr
Yossi Klein Halevi is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University and Jennifer Raskas, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. Yossi is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and co-host with Donniel Hartman and Elana Stein Hain of the Institute’s award-winning podcast, For Heaven’s Sake. He is also the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli

“Shortly after the Hamas massacre,  I was driving on the highway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In place of civilian traffic, flatbed trucks transported tanks and carloads of reservists headed to their units. I spotted a banner hanging across an overpass, imprinted with a slogan denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his assault on the judicial system. It felt like the remains of a long-forgotten election campaign.

Yet only a week earlier I’d been out in the streets, along with hundreds of thousands of my fellow citizens, chanting ‘Shame!’ and waving large Israeli flags, trying to save our country’s democracy.

Now we are trying to save our country.”

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