Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Ari Shavit tackles these questions in his most recent book, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, a New York Times best seller and recipient of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Shavit is a senior correspondent at Haarretz newspaper and is a member of its editorial board. He studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.