Definitely Worth the Read! A Book of Startling Depth and Impact. This is without question an important book. It is both a fascinating account of one man s journey from ignorance and fear to knowledge and compassion, as well as a meticulous documentation of the principle facts of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Hats off to Richard Forer who courageously and truthfully examines an alternate viewpoint in his book, Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion – A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict.
I have been working in the Israel/Palestine arena for nearly 20 years. I believe that you and your book are an answer to our prayers over many years. May God speed it and may it be dispersed and read widely across the English speaking world.
Took your book with me to New York City over the Thanksgiving Holiday. SWEPT AWAY!
Whooooeeee, but what a book “Breakthrough” is!
A good deal of my reading on the subject takes place at the health club. It has been a while since an hour of exercise went by so quickly. I was mesmerized by what you had to say.
I’ve started reading your book and it is amazing!
You made me sob reading Gaza. I couldn’t stop crying. All of a sudden I realized I was reading, not being there physically.
It’s SUPERB!! Very moving, enlightening, educational, heartwarming.
Awesome!!!!! I have gotten so much out of your book. Especially to hear your own personal journey of awakening was incredibly healing for me. I am not Jewish so you also really helped me to understand Jewish consciousness around this. Thank you so much for all your efforts towards peace and understanding. I am recommending your book. Thank you thank you one thousand thank yous!!!!!
Before getting to the chapter on Gaza, I had to stop reading for a while because my heart occasionally keeps sinking when reading about the truth and at the same time thinking about some of my Israeli friends who are locked in denial…
If I should start wobbling in my mind, I will just remind myself of Richard Forer’s fabulous BREATHROUGH book and especially the encouragement of his dedication Compassion and Clarity lead to Peace. I am deeply touched by his integrity and steadfastness in battling things out in his own heart….just as Arjuna – guided by Krishna – on the battleground of Kurukshetra in the Bhagavad Gita…
Thank you for the gift of your book. Boy, am I ever glad that however you had your breakthrough, that you had it. This is a wonderful book. You examine your own projection, fear, anxiety, anger, whatever, the clear, open space opens up and you see that there is nothing there – just God or spirit or everything/nothing, whatever words you want to describe it. I love it!!!
“An extraordinary book. It is a breakthrough book!”
Ever wonder what goes on inside the head of a Zionist? Anyone who is concerned about the Palestine-Israel conflict, about the Middle East, who has heard about the influence of the Zionist lobby on US politics, has probably wondered why so many people support Israel unconditionally. And if the way to achieve peace in the Middle East is to convince people who think Israel can do no wrong to take a hard look at the facts, to convince them to learn what happened during the bloody formation of Israel, to make them see what is still happening to the Palestinian people today, you might want to know what makes a Zionist tick. Richard Forer is one of those people who is very reflective, very self analytical. In telling the story of how he himself went from being a die hard supporter of Israel, from someone raised in a Reform Jewish household who saw Israel as that plucky little democracy trying to provide a secure home for the long-beleaguered Jews, to someone who now supports the Palestinians in their struggle for justice, he provides us with an inside look into the mind of a Zionist — his own — and how being confronted with the more grim reality changed his mind. Forer may have had in mind as one of his main audiences Jews like himself, or rather, like he was, whose uncritical loyalty to Israel has come to be a liability for Israel, since the rest of the world is slowly but surely learning the truth about Israel. But the book goes beyond that. As someone who has followed the Palestinian struggle myself for several years now, I have come across many stories of the different tragedies that happened to the Palestinians, the massacres, the dispossessions, the theft of water resources, the home demolitions, and the different propaganda techniques Israel and its supporters use to cover up Israel’s actions, to divert attention, to delay the peace process while more Israeli settlements are built and more land is confiscated. In Forer’s book I have found a concise and inclusive account of all it. In describing the succession of injustices done to the Palestinians, he provides a comprehensive history of the formation of Israel, and a vivid description of the Palestinians plight up to the current moment. It’s all here in one place. In laying out this story, in explaining the deep, emotionally rooted motivations behind Zionism, in explaining how Israeli propaganda works, Forer actually points the way toward a resolution. But as part of that resolution, Zionism and its myths must be confronted, and here are the all facts you’d need to counter any Zionist’s argument. It’s the best argument against Zionism I have ever read.