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