Arabs & Israelis: A Dialogue

Arabs & Israelis: A Dialogue

Arabs & Israelis: A Dialogue

Arabs & Israelis: A Dialogue

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Has there ever really been a "first dialogue" since the Garden of Eden? Men have always managed to arrive at some form of communication—Greeks with Trojans, Turks with Moors, Sitting Bull with Buffalo Bill, policemen with hippies. But that day, when we brought together Mahmoud Hussein and Saul Friedländer, we all believed that something strange was about to begin, and that it might be something good. Three days later, we all knew that "first" or not, this dialogue had measured up to the expectations we had had for so long.

Simonne Lacouture and I had been hoping to make this contact ever since our involvement with Giorgio La Pira in Florence. There, with the help of some friends, we had not only tried to open up lines of communication with the Algerian FLN, still underground, but also to bring together Cypriots from both sides, and to arrange a meeting between Nahum Goldmann and an Egyptian intellectual as boldly unusual as Georges Henein. Two years ago, Israeli historian Saul Friedländer, who had published his excellent works on Roosevelt, Nazism, and Pope Pius XII with us, suggested that he hold a discussion with a representative Arab . . .

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