A groundbreaking, ambitious, and authoritative examination of Israel by one of the most influential columnists writing about the Middle East today
My Promised Land tells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Through revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals—pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians—Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today. We meet the youth group leader who recognized the potential of Masada as a powerful symbol for Zionism; the young farmer who bought an orange grove from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s, and with the Jaffa orange helped to create a booming economy in Palestine; the engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program; the religious Zionists who started the settler movement. Over an illustrious career that has spanned almost thirty years, Shavit has had rare access to people from across the Israeli political, economic, and social spectrum, and in this ambitious work he tells a riveting story that is both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.
As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, both internal and external, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape.
阿里•沙维特，以色列著名的专栏作家，中东问题专家。沙维特出生在以色列的雷霍沃特，后加入以色列国防军，成为一名伞兵，并在耶路撒冷的希伯来大学研读哲学。在20世纪80年代，他开始为《Koteret rashit 周报》撰写文章，90年代担任以色列公民权利协会董事会的主席，1995年，他加入了《国土报》，并成为《国土报》的首席记者之一。沙维特同样也是以色列大众电视媒体的重要时事评论员。