By Yossi Klein Halevi
In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the tales of a bunch of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the background of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day struggle to the present.
Following the lives of 7 younger participants from the fifty fifth Paratroopers Reserve Brigade, the unit answerable for restoring Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem, Halevi finds how this band of brothers performed pivotal roles in shaping Israel’s future lengthy after their historical victory. whereas they labored jointly to reunite their kingdom in 1967, those males harbored greatly diversified visions for Israel’s future.
One emerges on the leading edge of the spiritual payment circulation, whereas one other is instrumental within the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. One turns into a motive force within the progress of Israel’s capitalist economic system, whereas one other ardently defends the socialist kibbutzim. One is a number one peace activist, whereas one other is helping create an anti-Zionist terror underground in Damascus.
Featuring an 8 pages of black-and-white pictures and maps, Like Dreamers is a nuanced, in-depth examine those various males and the conflicting ideals that experience helped to outline glossy Israel and the center East.
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Stay away from the Temple Mount,” Motta ordered, notwithstanding the Jordanians had validated an army place there too. Motta and Arik stood at the roof of a home simply above the Rockefeller, the place the brigade command had organize a box headquarters. a number of infantrymen have been smoking within the museum courtyard. Jordanian POWs sat with sure fingers underneath a corrugated roof. A shell fell simply outdoor the walled courtyard. Motta ran downstairs. “Get within! ” he shouted to the warriors. Motta’s communications officer phoned principal command, to figure out no matter if the shell was once Jordanian or Israeli. nobody knew. It used to be Israeli. after which, prior to the warriors and the POWs may possibly stream within, one other errant shells fell. Motta rushed into the courtyard. our bodies lacking limbs, wounded mendacity in blood. “All of you within! ” Motta shouted. “More shells are approximately to fall! ” The medics missed him. “BEN-TZUR, force! ” 08:30. MOTTA AND HIS employees left the Rockefeller in a half-track and a four-wheel-drive command motor vehicle, followed via a column of tanks and the survivors of the reconnaissance unit. Arik had mapped out an alternate path to Augusta Victoria: in the course of the valley referred to as Wadi Joz, clear of the outdated urban and towards Mount Scopus, after which a correct ensue to the Mount of Olives. in the meantime, the 71st and the 66th have been converging on Augusta Victoria. The questioned commanders radioed Motta’s transportable headquarters: We’re encountering no resistance. the place have been the Jordanians? “Motta,” stated Arik, “my estimation is that the Jordanians have stopped battling. ” in truth lots of the Jordanian soldiers—including the devices established contained in the outdated City—had retreated in the midst of the evening towards Jericho. The failure of the Israeli commandos to take the ridge overlooking the outdated urban had, sarcastically, stored the line to Jericho open, permitting the Jordanians contained in the partitions to affix the retreat. just a couple of remained in the back of, it seems that unaware that the Jordanian military used to be now not functioning. although Arik didn’t realize it, the previous urban lay open. Nor have been there any Jordanian tanks. The intelligence have been fallacious: There will be no Jordanian counterattack. 09:15. status inside of Motta’s half-track, Arik bought this message from significant command: “Go into the previous urban instantly and trap it. ” the govt had given its approval. Arik, his tone intentionally understated, handed at the message to Motta. “Confirm receipt of the order,” answered Motta, “and inform them we’ll execute it at once. ” Motta’s half-track drove alongside the ridge of the Mount of Olives. Arik radioed crucial command: what's the power of the Jordanians contained in the partitions? at the Temple Mount? As traditional, there has been no particular intelligence. The half-track parked close to the multi-arched front of the Intercontinental resort, overlooking the Lions’ Gate. Motta sat at the floor and gazed on the walled urban. It was once a vivid, cool morning, and the sunlight used to be on his again. The gold and silver domes of the Temple Mount glowed earlier than him. He closed his eyes, as though in prayer.