Yossi Klein Halevi — Two Narratives, Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Present (part 1)
March 9, 2006

As Israel prepares for a critical election and Hamas forms a Palestinian cabinet, we explore the difficulty of reaching resolution in a land that its inhabitants, on both sides of the conflict, consider holy. Our guests in this two-part series, Israeli and Palestinian, identify deeply with the story and suffering of their own people. They are also individuals who from across tumultuous recent history have reached out to the other side. They find themselves embittered at the failure of the Oslo peace process, reeling from recent events, and uncertain about the future. We explore their unresolved questions and despair, and probe the deep longing for peace that remains within each of them and how they are imagining a future within new political realities.

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Auschwitz Diarist: Pilgrim's Progress

by Yossi Klein Halevi
As we emerge from the underground crematoriums, Ali, a leader of the Arab Israeli Scouts movement, links his arm in mine.

Letter to a Palestinian Neighbor

by Yossi Klein Halevi
Once before the Terror War a time that seems now to belong not just technically but substantively to another millennium I undertook a one-man pilgrimage into your mosques and churches seeking to know you in your intimate spiritual moments.

Selected Audio

Halevi: Five Years Earlier

Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Krista spoke with Halevi about the nature of fundamentalism. Listen to 20 minutes of that conversation, which might have new meaning today after five years of conflict.

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A graffiti titled "Balloon Debate" by British graffiti artist Banksy is seen on Israel's controversial security barrier in Ramallah in the West Bank.

(Photo: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images)

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is a correspondent for The New Republic, senior fellow of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land.

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