Middle East

Oct 16, 2012

‘What is a Jewish state?’ The view from the Golan Heights

Reuven Shalev asks the big question: what is a Jewish state? The resident of Kfar Haruv at the southern end of the Golan Heights reflects on the dim prospect of peace in his homeland.

Matthew Clayfield

Journalist, critic, screenwriter and playwright

Reuven Shalev is round, balding and deeply fascinating: one of those voices that betray the complexity of the Arab-Israeli conflict, that hint at a too often unreported-upon willingness to compromise and a tendency towards self-criticism, and that at least tilt towards empathy where tribal loyalties usually call for it to be denied.

3 comments

3 thoughts on “‘What is a Jewish state?’ The view from the Golan Heights

  1. Al

    Is Matthew gunna speak to any Palestinians? I humbly suggest that while he is in the Middle East he might take the time to talk to an occasional Muslim, Christian or even secular Arab. I’m just sayin’……

  2. Matthew Clayfield

    My next three articles are all about the West Bank, Al. Secular activists, Muslim refugees, Christian brewers…

  3. Al

    Thanks Matthew, I’ll look forward to it. Have you read Ilan Pape’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine? I’d highly recommend it.

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