This book studies the post-1989 migration of Soviet Jews to Israel, a subject area which despite its importance is as yet unexplored.
The author focuses on what he believes is the negative impact of this migration on the prospects for a political settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. As Soviet Jews have migrated into Israel, many have been placed in the West Bank, at the same time as displaced Palestinians have been refused repatriation.
The book has been written in an innovative way. Though mostly non-fiction, five chapters are fictional tracing a Soviet-Jewish couple from Moscow to Israel and their interaction with a Palestinian family there. The author's aim is to convey how both the immigrating Soviets and the Palestinians react to the peculiar situation that this immigration has created for them.