Hello there! It is I, Daniella, resurfacing after a very long time of radio silence to confirm that yes, that was me on the front page of the New York Times website on Monday:
Here’s a link to the full article. If you hit a paywall and want to read it, let me know and I’ll send you a PDF.
So apparently, when my interview on The Times of Israel about Disengagement was published last year, it was read with interest by a certain Patrick Kingsley, Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times. A couple months ago, he was brainstorming ideas for interesting people to interview on this “journalism road trip” he was planning with photojournalist Laetitia Vancon, and he thought of that interview and decided to buy my book. He then emailed me to ask if I’d be willing to let him come to Tekoa and interview me for this piece about life in Israel.
We had a fascinating conversation on my patio about being what it means to me to live where I do, my thoughts on the current situation with the Palestinians, and more. I knew that only small fragments of that conversation would fit into the final piece and I believe Patrick chose them wisely; but I do wish you could read more of it.
I understand that the article also appeared in the print edition today, so if you happen to pass by a newsstand today, maybe pick up a copy.
I’m very grateful to Patrick for giving me this platform, as it’s likely to be the most widely read article I’m featured in, and I feel it represents me and what’s important to me fairly well. If I had to be on the front page of the NYT for anything, I’m so glad it was for writing Disengagement.