Their Tragic Land. By Ruth Wisse. Mosaic, December 2013.
Understanding Two Views of Modern Israel. By Jonathan S. Tobin. Commentary, December 20, 2013.
Israel for Me, Not for Thee. By Elli Fischer. Commentary, January 2014.
My Promised Land is not, in the end, a historical account; it is a polemic. Shavit, a self-proclaimed romantic, idealizes pre-1967 Israel and laments what he perceives to be contemporary Israel’s lack of resolve, commitment, and community. For him, the excesses perpetrated by and in the name of Zionism before 1967 were acceptable collateral damage. But subsequent events—ones that make him unhappy—are the result of ideological overreach that has perverted Zionism.