Catch 67 by micah goodman
Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War by Micha Goodman
Since the Six-Day War, Israelis have been entrenched in a national debate over whether to keep the land they conquered or to return some, if not all, of the territories to Palestinians. In a balanced and insightful analysis, Micah Goodman deftly sheds light on the ideas that have shaped Israelis thinking on both sides of the debate, and among secular and religious Jews about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Contrary to opinions that dominate the discussion, he shows that the paradox of Israeli political discourse is that both sides are right in what they affirm—and wrong in what they deny. Although he concludes that the conflict cannot be solved, Goodman is far from a pessimist and explores how instead it can be reduced in scope and danger through limited, practical steps. Through philosophical critique and political analysis, Goodman builds a creative, compelling case for pragmatism in a dispute where a comprehensive solution seems impossible.
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Catch-67 : The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War
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One evening, about five years ago, I approached a small group of students. They were at Ein Prat, an institution that I head in Israel, where some 3, young Israelis have studied in recent years. Some are very religious, others deeply secular, but they share a deep connection. I asked the students what binds them together. One got up and said something that caused the group to burst into laughter—a laughter that expressed full agreement.
Thank you! An Israeli scholar assesses the consequences of the Six-Day War and the chasm that divides political opponents in Israel, offering some ideas for solutions. He clearly recognizes the problems of satisfying everyone, including a tiny geographical space and enormous religious and cultural differences. Throughout, he comments on the tribalism that divides political opinion in Israel and in America and elsewhere , a situation that is difficult—perhaps impossible? He points out the strengths of the right and the left, the logical and moral errors on both sides, the apparent intractability of the problem, and the intransigence of the principal players.
When he lectures about Zionism, he says, people assume he is a conservative. When he speaks of liberalism and humanism, he is accused of being a leftist. Then, he thought, he could get back to his academic life of reading, writing and teaching. But wading into the political quagmire, Mr. He has also become a lightning rod for criticism, including from Ehud Barak, the former prime minister and army chief. It may be the hottest read in the country right now, but it is not a cheery one. Its prognosis is that there is no possibility of any comprehensive final peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.