"No Country for Jewish Liberals" is Larry Derfner’s personal and political story of life in contemporary Israel, describing how an American Jewish emigrant and his adopted country grew apart. Taking readers from his boyhood in Los Angeles as the son of a Holocaust escapees, through his coming of age amidst the upheaval of the 1960’s America, to his move to Israel and controversial career in journalism, Derfner explores Israel’s moral decline through the lens of his own experiences. This provocative book blends memoir, reportage, and commentary in a riveting narrative of a society that has come to alienate its Jewish liberals.
Larry Derfner was born in Queens, grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Israel in 1985. He began his journalistic career in 1981 at City News Service of Los Angeles, and continued it in Israel as a columnist and feature writer with the Jerusalem Post, as a correspondent in Israel for U.S. News and World Report, and as a contributor to the Sunday Times of London, Salon, The Nation, Tablet, Forward and many other publications. He currently contributes op-eds to Haaretz and "+972 Magazine", where he works as a copy editor. He lives in Modi’in, Israel with his wife Philippa and sons Alon and Gilad.