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Mark Twain’s Dreamland

In May 2009, Benjamin Netanyahu presented his host in Washington, Barack Obama, with the book “The Innocents Abroad” by Mark Twain.

The American author had written this travel diary on the occasion of his world tour in the year 1867. The high point of this tour was crossing the Holy Land. Twain’s experiences in Eretz Israel, his descriptions of the landscape and the towns, are a fascinating testimony from the perspective of the last years of the 19th century. The individual columns were sent back home while he was still on his travels, where they were published in the American press. “The Innocents Abroad” became an instant best-seller. More than one hundred years have passed since the book was written. Mark…