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A conflict begins and ends in the hearts and minds of people, not in the hilltops.
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All of my novels are democracies.
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And in this respect, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash between one very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this land and another no less powerful, no less convincing claim.
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Books filled our home. My father could read sixteen or seventeen languages and could speak eleven (all with a Russian accent). My mother spoke four or five languages and read seven or eight.
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But for 30 years, Orthodox leaders have tipped the balance between hawks and doves, and have been in a position to determine who forms a coalition and who runs the country.
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But The Same Sea is set precisely in this Israel, which never makes it to the news headlines anywhere. It is a novel about everyday people far removed from fundamentalism, fanaticism nationalism, or militancy of any sort.
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Every single pleasure I can imagine or have experienced is more delightful, more of a pleasure, if you take it in small sips, if you take your time. Reading is not an exception.
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I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution in the world.
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I have seen for the first time in 100 years of conflict, the two peoples - the Israeli people and the Palestinian people - are ahead of their leaderships.
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I recommend the art of slow reading.
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I was born and bred in a tiny, low-ceilinged ground-floor apartment.
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I wrote a novel about Israelis who live their own lives on the slope of a volcano. Near a volcano one still falls in love, one still gets jealous, one still wants a promotion, one still gossips.
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I wrote The Same Sea not as a political allegory about Israelis and Palestinians. I wrote it about something much more gutsy and immediate. I wrote it as a piece of chamber music.
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If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice - if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state.
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In many ways, I regard Sharon and Arafat as birds of a feather.
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Israel of the coastal plain, where eight out of ten Israeli Jews live far removed from the occupied territories, from the fiery Jerusalem, from the religious and nationalistic conflicts, is unknown to the outside world, almost unknown to itself.
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Most people are not monogamous by nature, and the socioeconomic pretexts for the traditional family have expired in many parts of the world.
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Now, two victims of the same oppressor do not necessarily become brothers. Two children of the same cruel parent do not necessarily hug one another. Sometimes the worst rivalries, in private life as well as in communal life, are precisely the conflict between two victims of the same oppressor.
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On my parents' scale of values, the more Western something was, the more cultured it was considered.
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One of the things I wanted to introduce in The Same Sea beyond transcending the conflict, is the fact that deep down below all our secrets are the same.
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The actual gap between Labor, Likud and the new central party is microscopic.
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The expectation of many people outside Israel of witnessing a full-scale Jewish civil war will remain unfulfilled.
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There's the Shakespeare tradition of resolving a tragedy with the stage hewed with dead bodies and justice of sorts prevails.
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Two children of same cruel parent look at one another and see in each other the image of the cruel parent or the image of their past oppressor. This is very much the case between Jew and Arab: It's a conflict between two victims.
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We were surrounded by Russians of every sort. There were many Tolstoyans. Some of them even looked like Tolstoy.
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Well, my definition of a tragedy is a clash between right and right.
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