"Not knowing what I was getting myself into, Israela is one of those novels that will stay with me forever!
Through thirty years of one family, the author Batya Casper, tells the on going, heartbreaking conflict between the Israelis and Arabs, Jews and Muslims. The ability of this amazing author to describe the pain and suffering on both sides is nothing short of brilliance.
I have felt, as if on my skin, the pain and heartache of Ratiba (Ruti) and her sister Orit, of Zalman and Ibrahim, of Kasim and Elishevah, but above all it pains me to realize that Israela is still in her worst state ever, with her land spilled with more blood as I write these words.
I truly am in awe from Casper's talent and courage to touch a subject as complex and heartbreaking as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and still leave the reader sighing in the end.
I will admit that Israela is one of the most important and sad stories I have read, one that I will never forget, one that I wish everyone read.
When peace is just another word, perhaps listening to Israela, reading between the lines and learning to love again instead of hate, would be our salvation.
This is one book you do not want to miss."--Yamit Ambrister