Book Review

A towering force against anti-Semitism

ss04262013p01pha.jpgPÈRE MARIE-BENOÎT AND JEWISH RESCUE: HOW A FRENCH PRIEST TOGETHER WITH JEWISH FRIENDS SAVED THOUSANDS DURING THE HOLOCAUST
By Susan Zuccotti
Published by Indiana University Press, $35

Book Review

Israeli recounts efforts for grass-roots dialogue with Palestinians

A ZIONIST AMONG PALESTINIANS
By Hillel Bardin
Published by Indiana University Press, $29

I am an American Jew, a Zionist (defined as one who believes that the Jews have a right to a homeland in Israel), a member of the Conservative Jewish movement (in practice somewhere in the vast middle between the liberal Reform Jewish movement and the very traditional Orthodox movement), and a believer in the right of the Palestinians to their own sovereign state on the West Bank. Safety and security are imperatives for both Palestinians and Israelis if either entity is to succeed. The question of where to draw the boundary lines becomes the paramount issue.