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By Yossi Klein Halevi

In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the tales of a gaggle of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the heritage of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day warfare to the present.

Following the lives of 7 younger participants from the fifty fifth Paratroopers Reserve Brigade, the unit chargeable 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 state in 1967, those males harbored tremendously varied visions for Israel’s future.

One emerges on the vanguard of the non secular payment stream, 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 financial 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 assorted males and the conflicting ideals that experience helped to outline smooth Israel and the center East.

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The boys boarded the buses. A slow-moving convoy, with no headlights. A soldier who knew town walked in entrance, guiding the buses towards no-man’s-land. but even local Jerusalemites may scarcely locate their manner within the near-total darkness. One bus, transporting the sappers of the 71st Battalion, who have been speculated to lead the step forward at Abramov backyard, couldn’t be positioned. the motive force had panicked and became again. It took approximately hours for the convoy to arrive the ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods close to front, regularly a short force from Herzl street. the lads of the twenty eighth disembarked close to the Bikur Cholim health center, ten mins’ stroll from the border. They walked in sluggish traces, on each side of the road, every one guy trusting the footsteps of the fellow earlier than him. The blacked-out streets have been illuminated purely by means of exploding flashes. They got here to Beit Yisrael, an ultra-Orthodox local with grey stone homes. a number of homes appeared dropped randomly on the fringe of no-man’s-land. Avital Geva, along with his commander and buddy from Ein Shemer, Haggai Erlichman, led the road of corporation D. With Haggai beside him, Avital felt safer. Haggai had fought within the retaliation raids of the Nineteen Fifties, yet in contrast to a few others by no means instructed tales of his heroism. Avital revered his reticence. Udi Adiv, the antiwar kibbutznik, stumbled on himself at the back of a veteran of the unit who had fought within the 1956 conflict. “What’s it prefer to be in strive against? ” Udi requested, looking the peace of mind of expertise. “You think all of your physique exposed,” the veteran responded quietly. “You ask yourself which half could be damage. ” “Don’t you get used to it? ” Udi requested. “You by no means get used to it,” the opposite guy stated. the corporations unfold into the facet streets and alleys round Abramov backyard, overlooking no-man’s-land. In approximately an hour, at 02:00, the lads of the 71st Battalion have been scheduled to blow open a direction in the course of the minefield, to be by way of the lads of the twenty eighth. Yoel Bin-Nun of the twenty eighth Battalion used to be informed by means of his officer to strap a radio on his again and keep on with him. Their challenge used to be to discover the 71st, connect themselves to its tail finish, after which aspect flashlights to assist the lads of the twenty eighth pass into no-man’s-land. the 2 males ran throughout the streets. yet within the darkness they can see virtually not anything. They got here to an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva. There within the courtyard, numerous dozen males from the 71st have been accumulated, getting ready to maneuver out. Paratroopers in an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva! marveled Yoel. The Jewish humans is being collected jointly. “MY FACE! MY FACE! ” 02:15. THE SAPPERS from the 71st—their wayward bus had grew to become up on the final moment—approached no-man’s-land. They encountered their first shock: a line of Israeli barbed twine that hadn’t seemed within the aerial pictures. They flattened the cord with their boots and reached the border fifty meters away. There they laid bangalores, lengthy steel tubes packed with dynamite, below a row of barbed twine. They blew the beginnings of a scorched direction, fifty centimeters huge and freed from mines.

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