Yossi Klein Halevi’s Bestselling Book
‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor’
I call you “neighbor” because I don’t know your name, or anything personal about you. Given our circumstances, “neighbor” might be too casual a word to describe our relationship. We are intruders into each other’s dream, violators of each other’s sense of home, incarnation of each other’s worst historical nightmares.
From the Introduction, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
Amid Heightening Mideast Conflict, a New Israeli Approach to Reconciliation
Letters was placed on The New York Times nonfiction best-seller list on June 3, 2018.
With Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, award-winning author and Shalom Hartman Institute senior fellow Yossi Klein Halevi offers a heartfelt plea for peace and a new dialogue based on his “experience as occupier” and common ground in faith.
This ambitious work is an attempt to offer a new language for peace at a time when conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is escalating and a solution seems impossible. With 10 lyrical and provocative letters, Halevi is the first Israeli author to directly address Palestinians in an attempt to explain how the conflict appears through Israeli eyes.
Combining a powerful commitment to Israel’s legitimacy with deep empathy for Palestinian suffering, he reveals the complex strands of faith, pride, anger, and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel.
Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor relaunches narratives about the Middle East at a historic juncture, making it an essential read for the present and for years to come.
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Yossi Klein Halevi in the Media
Dialogue with a Palestinian
Yossi encourages you to read his exchange with a Palestinian reviewer:
- A Palestinian Responds to His Israeli Neighbor (The New York Times)
- Yossi’s Response: Dear Raja, I want to be your neighbor not your occupier (Times of Israel)
Additional media coverage
- New York Jewish Week: “Probing The Divide: A Sense Of ‘Betrayal’ Between Israeli And American Jews”
- Los Angeles Times: Israelis and Palestinians need to honor a two-story solution in the Middle East
- Times of Israel: Who we are, why we’re here: Israeli author explains Zionism to the Palestinians
- New York Times: Op-Ed: How Israelis See the World
- Religion News Service: An Israeli has written a series of open letters to his Palestinian neighbors. Will anyone respond?
- Jewish Standard of Teaneck, New Jersey
- Jewish Boston
- Los Angeles Jewish Journal
Podcasts and Radio Shows
- Atlantic Magazine: Jeffrey Goldberg and Muslim Leadership Initiative alum Wajahat Ali
- Atlantic Magazine: Podcast with Editor Jeffrey Goldberg
- Tablet Magazine: “Unorthodox” Podcast, May 24, 2018
- Radio interview from The Vermont Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi and Abdullah Antepli, Can a former anti-Semite & a Jewish extremist make peace?
- Rachel Martin interview on NPR’s Morning Edition: Halevi’s ‘Letters To My Palestinian Neighbor’ Looks For Common Ground
- Podcast with David Suissa of LA Jewish Journal: Yossi Klein Halevi: On “dangerous curiosity,” an impossible peace process and the value of conversation
- Mosaic: What an Israeli Wishes Palestinians Could Understand
- Chicago Tribune
- Raja Shehadeh: The New York Times: A Palestinian Responds to His Israeli Neighbor
- Liam Hoare, The Forward
- Elliott Kaufman, Commentary
- Erika Dreyfus
- Sally Abrams, Twin Cities JewFolk
- Peter Berkowitz, Real Clear Politics
- Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS
- Hadassah Magazine
- Daphne Merkin, The Wall Street Journal (paywall)
- John Rosove, Los Angeles Jewish Journal
Dave Schechter, Atlanta Jewish Times
- Religion News Service: The book you need to read right now
- Liel Leibovitz, Tablet