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HEALING ISRAEL/PALESTINE
A Path to Peace and Reconciliation
by Rabbi Michael Lerner
 
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From the back cover:
 
There IS a path to peace in the Middle East.
 
A first step is for both sides to stop the "blame game" and the attempts to make one side "right" and the other side "wrong." Both Israelis and Palestinians have legitimate claims, both sides have been unnecessarily hurtful and cruel toward the other-and both sides have co-created the current mess.
 
Rabbi Michael Lerner shows how it is possible to be both pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, to recognize that both people's best chance for lasting security lies in a new spirit of generosity, open-hearted reconciliation, a genuine commitment to nonviolence, and in finding a path toward peace even when the forces of violence in the United States, Israel, and Palestine have temporarily taken ascendancy.
 
Healing Israel/Palestine will give you all the information you need to become an activist for peace. It is the perfect manual for those who need to know how to answer the tough historical, philosophical, and political questions that emerge when you argue for peace and justice in the Middle East. It answers most of the questions of the partisans on both sidesand offers a "progressive middle path" committed to peace and justice for both peoples, unequivocally opposed to the war makers and terrorists, and firmly rooted in the highest spiritual values of the human race. Lerner demonstrates that being visionary and rejecting "cynical realism" is the most practical global politics for the twenty-first century.
 
"Rabbi Michael Lerner has been one of the great Jewish liberal voices, and his work on behalf of Israel will be remembered with gratitude by Jews in future generations who understand that his courage to critique Israeli policy toward Palestinians is motivated by the deepest love and caringfor the survival of the Jewish people."
 

--Abba Eban, FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

 
"Michael Lerner is one of the major prophetic figures of our time."

-- Cornel West, AUTHOR OF RACE MATTERS

See also a moving statement about the relationship between men and women in Islamic culture, and what is being done among children and parents to create respect and understanding between the genders and cultures. 

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