Gregory Levey, author of ‘How To Make Peace In The Middle East In Six Months Or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment,’ decided to act as a freelance diplomat and solve the Middle East conflict.
The territorial conflict between the Jewish state of Israel and the region’s mostly Arab Palestinians has raged for generations, frustrating mediators and diplomats. How could one person make a positive difference? Gregory Levey tried, and titled the book about his effort, “How To Make Peace In The Middle East In Six Months Or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment.”
Gregory Levey is an unlikely peace-maker. The Canadian Jew – now a professor of communication at Toronto’s Ryerson University – was a law student with no experience in diplomacy when he was hired in 2005 to write speeches for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. He says the year he spent in the Middle East was a transforming experience.
‘How To Make Peace In The Middle East In Six Months Or Less Without Leaving Your Apartment’ is a humorous attempt to explore the possibilities of finding a lasting solution to the Middle East conflict.
“When I got to Israel I thought it was an optimistic time. By the time I left, I became way more pessimistic,” Levey says. “As I learned more and more about the conflict, I realized it’s not just black and white. There are millions of shades of gray. As result, I became a lot more cynical about looking forward for peace, unfortunately. I also grew tired of the extremists on the right and the left, Israelis and Palestinians, everyone just yelling at each other.”