Assaf Gavron's 'The Hilltop' Excels at Unmasking Israel's Contradictions

New book weaves a convincing portrait of a settlement with a kind of narrative flair that will ring plausible to anyone with a passing knowledge of the country.

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“The Hilltop: A Novel,” by Assaf Gavron (translated from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen), Scribner, 464 pages, $26 In April 1982, as part of a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, the desert...