Books: Dream into Nightmare?

THE ISRAELIS by Amos Elon. 359 pages. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. $10.

THE SEVENTH DAY edited by Avraham Shapira. 276 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

American readers will turn these pages with wry signs of recognition. Beyond the particulars of its message, what The Israelis keeps saying is this: A fellow utopia has arrived at that ironical point where success and lost innocence coincide; the dreamers begin to complain about the Dream.

Amos Elon is a columnist for the distinguished Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz. He went to Israel when he was only two, but he was born in...

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