'The State of Israel Is a Problematic, Brief Episode'

Novelist Agur Schiff carries some heavy burdens: His given name, the fear of repeating his father's painful literary career, and the fate he is submitting to by remaining in Israel.

It is during the Second Lebanon War that Liora Kerem makes the decision to do something: To shoot the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff. It is an easy decision, one that has been in the making for 40 years. Thirty-nine years earlier, in the Six-Day War, Liora’s husband Micky Kerem was wounded, hit by a bullet to the head during the battles in Jerusalem. The injury that turned...