In the Land of Israel

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In the Land of Israel

By Amos Oz
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983
272 pp. $12.95

Voices of Israel-from towns and villages, from settlements in the West Bank, from Jerusalem, from Arabs as well as Jews-constituting the record of many individuals' conversations with a prominent Israeli novelist in the autumn of 1982. These views, conveyed to the reader with Oz's literary talent, can give a sharper picture of public opinion under the impact of the Lebanese war and conflict elsewhere than any "scientific" survey, and on the whole it is not a reassuring picture for either domestic or international tranquillity. The central question for Israelis, the meaning of Zionism and of Jewish destiny, is answered in very different ways.

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