Ari Shavit’s best seller wrestles with Israel’s complexity

In this PBS NewsHour interview (7:46), prolific author and reporter Ari Shavit shares some of his complex views on the Israeli-Arab conflict. Shavit, the former senior correspondent at popular left-leaning news outlet Haaretz, is best known in the international community for his book My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel (2013). A New York Times best seller, the book offers an honest, if uncomfortable, account of Israel’s history. Shavit calls upon both Jews and Arabs to take full responsibility for their wrongdoings and at the same time, to move on from past pain for the sake of creating a peaceful future together. My Promised Land received widespread acclaim and earned Shavit numerous prestigious awards. The New York Times listed it among its “100 Notable Books of 2013” and The Economist named it as one of the best books of 2013.