A New Look at a Century Old Struggle

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New historical novel details the struggle between Jews and Arabs for the Holy Land

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The friendship of the three endures even as the struggle between Jews and Arabs for the land becomes more intense and violent. But will deep personal tragedy tear them apart?

Can Jews and Arabs live together in peace? Written by H. Edward Schmidt, The Circle (published by Trafford Publishing) is a story that gives us hope that peace between the two peoples is possible, and that the conflict and hatred of the twentieth century can be erased in the twenty-first.

The Circle opens in 1907 with the arrival of the Poletsky family from Russia. Arach Poletsky will work for the Jewish National Fund to purchase land for the new Jewish Immigrants, their number increasing each day. Arach, with his wife Rivka and their two children, Yitzhak and Sarah will live in Jerusalem, their neighbors the Muslim shopkeeper Abdul Latif and his family. Ismael is one of his sons.

Ismael, Yitzhak and Sarah become inseparable friends, seemingly untouched by the growing struggle for the land. Ismael joins the army of Prince Faisal, fighting alongside the fabled British officer Lawrence to rid the Arabs of the Ottoman yoke. He returns home a hero.

Yitzhak attends the elite school Technion. Bright and gifted and impassioned by the dream of Eretz Israel, he is recruited by “The Circle.” Once a member, only his death can release him. Sarah, like her father, has a different dream, of one nation where Jews and Arabs can live side by side in peace. She marries a British officer and dedicates her life to teaching Palestinian children.

The friendship of the three endures even as the struggle between Jews and Arabs for the land becomes more intense and violent. But will deep personal tragedy tear them apart?

The Circle is a story of the struggle between personal loyalty and love and tribal loyalties and devotion. It is about tragedy and betrayal, but also redemption and hope. It is like no other story about the time and the place then called Palestine.

About the Author    
H. Edward Schmidt spent most of his working life with the Federal Government. He served In the U.S. Army in Europe during the Cold War, the Peace Corps in Africa and Washington during the Kennedy years and later with the Congressional Research Service as a health policy analyst. He now lives in Maryland with his wife, Patricia. They have seven children, twenty grandchildren and one great grandchild.

For more information, please visit http://www.hedwardschmidt.com.

Trafford Publishing was the first company in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. For more information, visit http://www.trafford.com.

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