Book Review: Behind the ‘Zion curtain’

A Belgian-Egyptian journalist describes his attempts to penetrate Israeli and Palestinian society.

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December 4, 2014 14:30
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A new immigrant at Ben-Gurion airport kisses the tarmac as he makes aliya. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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‘Everything is political, and politics is everywhere,” writes Khaled Diab, a Belgian- Egyptian journalist, in the opening to his just-published short book.

In Intimate Enemies: Living with Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land, he diagnoses two cultures in a stranglehold with one another. “Despite the fact that the Palestinians and Arabs have lost almost every single military confrontation with Israel, the voices of those who favor armed struggle are getting louder.”

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