An individual and collective internalization of love is the true precondition to peace in the Middle East, according to Avraham Burg’s heartfelt book on Israel/Palestine, The Holocaust Is Over, We Must Rise From Its Ashes. But how to tap into that healing love, when trauma runs so deep?

Burg—a former member and speaker of the Knesset, from Israel’s Labor party, who has written on a number of occasions about ending the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza—has much to offer to conversations about how to move Israel past the trauma of the Holocaust and toward peace. In The Holocaust Is Over, his focus is more about the soul of Israel rather than a proposal for peace, but the connections are clear: Holocaust memory, identity politics, and the Israel-Palestine conflict are indelibly linked by trauma, and the inability to resolve the...

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