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Podcast: An Israeli author asks a Palestinian scholar, Won’t you be my neighbor?

Agreeing to disagree is a lost art in the Middle East. Yossi Klein Halevi and Mohammed Dajani show us how it’s done

This week on our Times Will Tell podcast, we bring you excerpts of a fascinating dialogue held in the spirit of coexistence early in the month of Ramadan when we conducted a special “Behind the Headlines” online discussion exclusively for The Times of Israel Community. The discussion took place with Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi and Palestinian scholar Prof. Mohammed Dajani, who became correspondents — and then friends — after the publication of Klein Halevi’s book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.”

In a rare moment of bi-national solidarity, the two neighbors — one a former Jewish Defense League activist now working for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence; the other a former Fatah member whose academic career was destroyed after he took students to Auschwitz in 2014 — have agreed to disagree work together.

Almost two years and an international pandemic since their first contact, where do the two neighbors stand now? And what can they tell us that may offer a truly viable model for resolving the broader conflict?

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