Israelis and Palestinians “beneath one roof, beneath one sky” –

With Aldo Cazzullo

The author died on the age of 85. He was satisfied that Israel had the other drawback to the remainder of the world: an excessive amount of reminiscence. About demise, he mentioned: a present that we give to our grandchildren: go away them house

The Israeli author Abraham Yehoshua died on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, on the age of 85.

A pacifist, me? I’m a pair !. Abraham Yehoshuawhom his pals referred to as Boolie, he was a person who all his life longed and wrote for Jews and Arabs to reside facet by facet; I’ve fought for a very long time two nations two states; lastly figured there may solely be one situation Israelthrough which Palestinians ought to have all rights, together with the correct to rule. Maybe a utopia about which he had argued together with his pal Amos Oz: all their lives that they had dinner collectively as soon as per week, till politics divided them.

After residing in Haifa, Yehoshua moved to the twenty-first ground of the tower with a view … Tel Aviv; thus, he mentioned with a smile, he may control his seven grandchildren; the eldest, Tamar, was already within the army and was very happy with her. Yehoshua waged the warfare in Sinai in 1956. Mosh Dayan was answerable for her, whom he valued very a lot: he was an actual Prime Minister, Golda Meir suffered him. He has imposed peace with Egypt. He was a person with an enormous erotic load. Animated libido. An ideal fighter with a romantic facet: a lover of literature, archeology. Girls cherished it. The black eye patch drove them loopy. I’ve by no means seen such an beginner.

He too, Yehoshua, was a really bodily, sensual, empathetic man. On the College of Jerusalem, he met his Rivka and married her six months later. She was 19, he was 23. They have been collectively for 56 years till Rywka’s demise. He nonetheless cherished her very a lot and cherished her till yesterday.

He didn’t love Netanyahu, the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s historical past as a result of he acknowledged nice qualities: very clever. Communication genius. And, sadly, additionally an uncommon manipulator. He has a 20-year-old son who spends his days on social media sowing discord. After which a world chief. We’re a small nation of eight million, and Netanyahu all the time speaks Russian with Putinhug American presidents, shake Modi’s hand, snigger at Xi-Jin-Ping…. However there was one factor he refused to forgive him: he conveyed the concept solely a Jew might be a real Israeli; one thing spiritual individuals like very a lot. However on this means he humiliated the Israeli Arabs.

Lately, Yehoshua not believed in peace. He believed in partnership: to reside collectively, beneath one roof, beneath one sky. We will probably be one state, not a Jewish state: open to Palestinianstogether with the West Financial institution. Amos Ouncesdisagreed, insisted {that a} Palestinian state was wanted and advised him one night: However this manner we may have an Arab prime minister! There’ll by no means be integration! Yehoshua replied that the combination would happen within the hospital. We’re bare within the hospital. a spot of struggling and intimacy. Already in the present day, Arab medical doctors deal with Jewish sufferers and Jewish medical doctors deal with Arab sufferers.

His concept was that Israel ought to unilaterally grant first residence after which Israeli citizenship Palestinians from the territories. There’ll by no means be peace with treaties, signatures, flags. There could also be coexistence. Sufficient of apartheid. Now we have to combine. He was satisfied Israel had the other drawback to the remainder of the world: an excessive amount of reminiscence. “. Elsewhere you might have little. Now we have an excessive amount of. Palestinians spend their lives complaining in regards to the Nakba, the disaster, the expulsion from their land. They dream about Eawda, coming again. They hold the keys to my great-grandfather’s home. Keys that not open any doorways. As an alternative of the great-grandfather’s home, there’s a skyscraper or an Apple retailer. Sufficient! We Jews additionally for: the whole amarcord. The wars. Kibbutz. The barracks the place the settlers have been crowded. After which the Shoah…. In fact, Jehoszua cultivated the reminiscence of the Holocaust. Per wrote pages that solely a Jew may write. Within the e-book he simply revealed, the final time I interviewed him, Tunnel (revealed in Italy by Einaudi) the protagonist loses his reminiscence and tattooed automobile alarm numbers on his arm. The creator was conscious that the image had desecrated. And he argued: We have to cut back the depth of reminiscence. Which doesn’t imply forgetting; it means trying on the issues round us. Getting out of the identification lure.

Jewish identification, he argued, doesn’t exist, or relatively there are a lot of: Ashkenazim and Sephardim, spiritual and secular, Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox, twelve tribes … His mom’s household was Sephardic, he got here from Mogador in Morocco. My father was from Thessaloniki. He remembered the founding of Israel nicely. I used to be eleven and a half. We stayed at house for 2 months. Besieged. The British fought alongside the Arabs, one among their bombs hit our home, my father was injured. Cruelty on either side. In the event that they caught us, they’d slit our throats at finest. We gained as a result of we have been higher organized. And we had extra confidence in ourselves.

All his life he voted to the left however the left appeared to him in all places in disaster as a result of it had misplaced its individuals: perceived as a worldwide elite of artists, writers, translators who know one another, interact with one another, invite to conferences the place they specific contemptuous views about the remainder of humanity. And a bit true. In Israel, the scenario was made worse by the failure of the left to make peace. Additionally due to the Palestinians’ suicide. In response to him, Arafat has misplaced all alternatives.

He had no huge plans for the long run: misplaced my spouse, misplaced Amos. I need to die too. What’s within the afterlife? Thread. Fortunately. A vital demise. A present that we give to our grandchildren: go away them house.

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