Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May by Daniel Gordis

By Daniel Gordis

Is Israel worthy saving, and if that is so, how will we safe its future?The Jewish country needs to finish, say its enemies, from intellectuals like Tony Judt to hate-filled demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even common Israelis are puzzling over in the event that they would not be at an advantage elsewhere and whether or not they should persevere. Daniel Gordis is convinced his fellow Jews can renew their religion within the reason, and in Saving Israel, he outlines how.2009 nationwide Jewish ebook Award winnerAddresses the main urgent matters confronted via Israel-and American Jews-today, with no recycling the usual argumentsLays to relaxation the most pernicious myths approximately Israel, together with: Jews may possibly thrive with no Israel; Israeli Arabs simply wish equality, and Palestinians simply wish their very own kingdom; peace will come, if Israel will do just the perfect things"Morally robust . . . from a author whose reflections are continually as intellectually striking as they're relocating. . . . Gordis addresses the exigencies of our time with the urgency they overridingly call for, and with the intensity of feeling they inspire."-Cynthia OzickGordis has written many well known own essays and memoirs some time past, yet Saving Israel is a full-throated name to hands. by no means has the case for defending-no, celebrating-the lifestyles of Israel been so transparent, so passionate, or so invaluable of wholehearted help.

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In restaurants, waiters and waitresses stand immobile, food in hand, for the full two minutes of the siren, waiting for it to cease before moving on to their customers. On the streets, people stop and stand, as if cast in stone. In classes, students snap to attention and teachers cease their speaking; and even in doctors’ offices and hospitals, all nonessential activity is suspended. For a moment, the country is still. Israeli life freezes, and is silent. Silence, the country has decided, is the only appropriate way to mark the searing ache that will not heal, and that in some ways should not heal.

The Palestinians now had more land and another opportunity to begin building a state; maybe the region would witness the beginnings of a nascent Palestine with which Israel could finally reach a long-term accommodation. But those hopes were soon dashed once again. Soon after the Disengagement was completed, Palestinians capitalized on Israel’s departure and began a relentless wave of kassam rocket fire on Israeli civilian population centers adjoining the Gaza border. As Israelis waited to see what Sharon, “Mr.

Yet unable to avert the conflict, Israel also seemed incapable of winning it. In the forty-odd years since the lightning victory in the Six Day War, everything had changed. In 1967, Israel had won decisively; in 2006, Israel had lost. In 1967, Israel faced enemies in the form of states. Now, instead of facing nation-states such as Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, Israel faced terror organizations that could, and did, hide among a civilian population for which they felt no responsibility. And Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Hamas were supported not by Egypt and Jordan, but ultimately by Iran, with its seemingly limitless petrodollars and its looming nuclear capability.

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