A Little Too Close to God The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel E–book/E–pub
David Horovitz ã 3 charactersI was disappointed by this book The first 25% was good And As What It as advertised it like to live in Israel But after that is it nothing but politics Yes I know that politics is integral to life in Israel but I didn t expect 200 pages of it I abandoned it 65% of the way through when it was clear that it would be all politics all the time Too bad David Horowitz formerly a journalist with the Jerusalem Post describes the firsthand experience of living in modern Jerusalem under the daily threat of terrorism He a Brit and his wife an American made the commitment to emigrate to Israel and there to aise their two children As years and failed peace processes pass they continue to evaluate their decision and belief in a viable future Very progressive in outlook this is also an painful observation of the effect of occupation and disenfranchisement on Israeli arabs I ead this book and then I bought a copy His subseuent book Still Life with Bombers is also very good and focuses on analysis of failed peace initiatives through. When David Horovitz emigrated from England to Israel in 1983 it was the fulfillment of a dream But today a husband and a father he is torn between hope and despair between the desire to make a difference and fear for his family's safety between staying and going In this candid and powerful book Horovitz confronts the heart wrenching uestion of whether to continue aising his three children amid the uncertainty and danger that is Israeli daily life In answering that uestion he provides us with an often surprising myth shattering and shockingly immediate view of a country perpetually at a crossroads yet fundamentally different than it was a genera. .
The 1980s and 1990s Ok maybe it was this book about life in Isreal I d like to give this book three and a half stars but I m ounding up because it compelled me enough to continue eading all the way through A Little Too Close to God gives an interesting view of what it s like to aise a family in modern Israel from shopping to going to school to driving across town to participating in the political process Granted Horovitz is not your ordinary Israeli He s a journalist who travels all over has
A Press Pass And Ispress pass and is left of center Reform Jew who favors ceding land for peace Just imagine your typical New York Times editorial writer penning a book about what it s like to live in America and here you have the Israeli euivalentI dock Horovitz a star and a half for interjecting a The House That Had Enough running political commentary that is oftenepetitive He goes out of his way nearly every chapter to point out his sadness at Rabin s assassination his consternation that Netanyahu was ever allowed to lead the country and his annoyance at Orth. Tion agoThe Israel that Horovitz describes is at once supremely satisfying and unremittingly harsh It is a land of beauty and spirit where the Jewish nation has undergone The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field remarkableenewal and a vibrant society is constantly being eshaped But Horovitz also describes how the unrelenting tension has produced a people that smokes too much drives too fast and spends far too much of its time with itselfHe makes clear the lasting effects of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination; increasing incursions by the ultra Orthodox the domain of daily life; the anxieties that beset parents as their children the age of mandatory military serv. Odox Jews lifestyles and policies As worthy of discussion as these themes may be Horovitz could have saved himself 30 50 pages by presenting them in a concise way In some of the most interesting chapters Horovitz presents interviews with elatives whose Points Of View Greatly Differ From His of
view greatly differ from his He deserves credit for extensively uoting them in these chaptersThis book was written around the yeargreatly differ from his He deserves credit for extensively uoting them in these chaptersThis book was written around the year before the second Intifada and it s interesting to ead it knowing that Sharon and Netanyahu again took office during the following decade Were Horovitz to have written with that foresight we might not have seen the dovish optimistic attitude that he conveys in this book This has been on my to Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl read list for years and with theecent bombing I decided it was finally time to Défendre Jacob read it There was a lot of politics included which is why I gave it only a three but I stuck with it and learned a lot I d definitelyecommend it to anyone interested in Israel though at this point it s dated and now I m interested in something ecen. Ice; and the constant fear of violent attack by fundamentalist extremists The book in fact opens hauntingly with a description of the aftermath of a bombing just outside a Jerusalem estaurant the very place where Horovitz had eaten lunch the day beforeAs Americans wrestle with their feelings toward Israel and as Israel struggles with the uestion of whether a Jewish state and the principles of democracy are truly compatible Horovitz illuminates the myriad uotidian experiences both good and bad that define the country at this volatile timeHere is the moving mordantly funny and uncompromising account of one Israeli's life From the Hardcover editio. .