Fatal Embrace: Christians, Jews, and the Search for Peace in the Holy Land
Author Mark Braverman shows how the Jewish quest for safety and empowerment and the Christian endeavor to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism have combined to suppress the conversations needed to bring about a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land. Fatal Embrace charts Braverman's journey as an American Jew struggling with the difficult realities of modern Israel. The book vividly describes the spiritual and psychological forces driving the discourse and is a call to action to Americans of all faiths.
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A Balanced Path to Peace!User Review - Viviane Crystal - Borders
Perhaps it is time for a more complete understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict! Mark Braverman and many of his known and unknown colleagues, peers and readers certainly make this presentation a ... Read full review
Like Sherwood Anderson's Youngstown, Ohio, Michael T. Darkow's Our Promised Land is told in episodes, which retain common characters but shift focus among multiple settings, plot lines, and time periods. Unlike Anderson's classic work, however, Darkow's novel is not a coming of age tale but rather a study of human helplessness in the face of violence fueled by an ancient hate.
Set mainly in modern-day Israel and Palestine, Our Promised Land delves into Jewish history as well as Islamic history to explore its ancient themes. The book focuses on three main characters: the two protagonists, Ellie and Yathrib, and a shadowy antagonist, Fatahd. Ellie is an Israeli, a Holocaust survivor who later smuggled himself into Israel rather than face further anti-Semitism in Europe. Yathrib is a Palestinian, immigrating to America to study mathematics after Israeli expansion forces his family off the land they have occupied for centuries.
Meanwhile, Fatahd, the book's villain, is not so much hateful as maddeningly obscure, hiding behind expert impersonations of other characters while never revealing his motives beyond an amorphous hatred of Jews in general and the United States, that "Great Satan," in particular. Yet it is ultimately Fatahd's choices upon which the book will turn, no matter how cryptic they are.
Despite their metaphorical impotence, however, all three of the book's main characters manage a superficial self-redemption. By doing so, the book suggests, they become able, at long last, to redeem peace in the Middle East as well.
Title: Our Promised Land. Author: Michael T. Darkow. Publisher: Synergy Books, http://www.bookpros.com/synergy/ . 192 pp, $19.95. ISBN: 978-0984076017.