On Monday, November 4, The Tower Magazine hosted Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi for an intimate discussion of his new book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. The story follows seven IDF paratroopers from different walks of Israeli society who took part in both the liberation of the Temple Mount and the initial crossing of the Suez Canal that turned the tide of the Yom Kippur War. From their varied perspective, the book tells the story of the State of Israel as the second generation of Israelis shaped the country’s history.
David Hazony, Editor of The Tower Magazine, and Klein Halevi led a dialogue focusing on the depolarization of Israel over the last 15 years, the utopian dreams that used to guide public discourse in Israel, the unique experience of the author growing up in the Soviet Jewry movement and what it all means for a new generation of Israelis growing up in which iPhones and IPO’s mean more than Kibbutzim and settlements.
About The Speaker
Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and a contributing editor of the New Republic. An internationally respected commentator on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs, he writes regularly for leading American publications, such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. In addition to Klein Halevi’s new book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, he is the author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christiansand Muslims in the Holy Land and Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife, Sarah, a landscape designer; they have three children.