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My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum Paperback – July 2, 2012

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Gaon Books (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935604457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935604457
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,441,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mati Milstein is unflinchingly honest about his experiences and observations as an Israeli citizen, soldier, and journalist. His essays are brief yet rich. Some are love letters and reveries about his country, and some are written with bitter disappointment. They span over a decade of recent Israeli and Palistinian history, covering the Second Intafada, and the 2006 conflict with Lebanon, and provide rare insight into the complex relationship between settlers and IDF soldiers. Aswell, Mati gives well researched historical context for the people and places he mentions, making the book accessible for those who have never been to the region.

He readily examines uncomfortable truths, and calls out israeli political figures, the IDF, and the North american Jewish diaspora on their negligence and errors in judgement and action. The reader is also drawn in on a personal level as Mati shares his own ethical struggles and personal growth, beginning with his decision to make aliyah and move to Israel from the United States, and concluding with a drive with a close Palistinian friend through his childhood neighbourhood in Ramallah, in the West Bank. A necessary read offering hard-to come by insights for all who are not afraid to challenge their own beliefs and add depth to their understanding of this complex situation.
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This wonderful book is full of insights from someone who 'was in the trenches' himself, on both the battlefield, and of the civilian life in Israel. An extremely honest, gripping account that doesn't play favorites.
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As an American seeking to better understand the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and a reporter for half a century- I strongly recommend "My New Middle East."
Mati Milstein's dispatches, based on his own experience and his constant quest to understand the conflict himself, are clear, descriptive, direct and honest.
He paints a picture of the region which, as he says in his introduction, is neither white nor black, but gray.
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This book consists of a number of articles about the author's experience in Israel, including his military service in the Israel Defense Forces. The author's heart is in the right place, and his feelings are sincere. One may agree or disagree with his political views which are subtly hidden in the text of the narration.

What spoils the reading of this book are the numerous grammatical error (e.g.,"who" instead of "whom" and vice versa), misspelling of Hebrew words (e.g., 'Mifaked' should be M'faked, 'Chevre Kadisha' should be 'Chevra Kadisha'). A second edition - if contemplated by the publisher - needs serious editing.
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