Bettering or Battering?
A recurring theme in Shavit’s narrative is the difference, sometimes chasm, between intentions, actions, and results.
- What would you say were Shavit’s intentions in writing this book?
- Did he succeed?
The Jewish community throughout the world tends to be suspicious of those who criticize Israel and Zionism. This may be because criticism can serve two opposing intentions. Sometimes criticism is a call for destruction, and sometimes criticism is a call for improvement and reconstruction.
- How would you classify “My Promised Land” – reconstructive? destructive?
- Do you believe Shavit’s intentions were towards construction or destruction? (more…)