There is one word to describe the novel “Palestine:” Riveting! Jonathan Bloomfield has composed a work of fiction that is so real, so plausible, yet so scary to believe, that this reader could not put the novel down. The book takes place in Israel, basically between the State’s founding and today, and weaves from chapter to chapter the story of how we got to the tragic modern scenario of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. What makes the book an edge-of-your seat thriller is that in the “today” part, we learn that nuclear weapons from Iran have been smuggled into Israel. Now, the army has to find them all and stop their detonating before all of Israel is destroyed. The government is afraid to admit it, so the Israeli army is forced to take matters into its own hands.
All but one of the bombs is eventually found. But where is the last one? Only one person knows … and he is not telling. In fact, he is on the run; and he is a Palestinian member of Hamas.
Things, of course, are not always what they seem. In this book we learn how young men are indoctrinated to hate. We see the sad lives of the members of Hamas and the Palestinians who don’t know that peace would help them. We learn of the political struggles of the Israeli government, its fear of foreign opinion, and we struggle with the characters through pain, love, triumph and tragedy.
It’s scary ... and yet it’s not so far from reality. It just may be where Israel and the Arab world are heading today.
This reviewer would certainly recommend “Palestine” as a quick and exciting read.