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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2019


Yossi Klein-Halevi


One of Israel’s leading authors and commentators, Yossi Klein-Halevi’s celebrated collection of books includes 2013’s Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided A Nation. Halevi's most recent book, titled Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, was published in 2018. In that volume, Halevi set out the case for Zionism and an independent Jewish state to his interlocutor, Palestinian academic Mohammed Dajani. Despite the novel nature of the project, Klein-Halevi does not believe that his book is sufficient to bring about a peaceful settlement, as that is a task for politicians. “I’m only a writer, not a politician,” he said in an interview this year. “My writer’s responsibility is to try to model what a respectful disagreement over irreconcilable narratives would sound like.” (Photo: Rachelgr713 / CC BY-SA 3.0)


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