Saving Israel

Saving Israel : How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End

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Is Israel worth saving, and if so, how do we secure its future?The Jewish State must end, say its enemies, from intellectuals like Tony Judt to hate-filled demagogues like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Even average Israelis are wondering if they wouldn't be better off somewhere else and whether they ought to persevere. Daniel Gordis is confident his fellow Jews can renew their faith in the cause, and in Saving Israel, he outlines how.2009 National Jewish Book Award winnerAddresses the most pressing issues faced by Israel-and American Jews-today, without recycling the same old argumentsLays to rest some of the most pernicious myths about Israel, including: Jews could thrive without Israel; Israeli Arabs just want equality, and Palestinians just want their own state; peace will come, if Israel will just do the right things""Morally powerful . . . from a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving. . . . Gordis addresses the exigencies of our time with the urgency they overridingly demand, and with the depth of feeling they inspire.""-Cynthia OzickGordis has written many popular personal essays and memoirs in the past, but Saving Israel is a full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending-no, celebrating-the existence of Israel been so clear, so passionate, or so worthy of wholehearted support.show more

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 142.24 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • Turner Publishing Company
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470643900
  • 9780470643907
  • 451,136

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Praise for Saving Israel "Daniel Gordis has restarted the whole conversation about the country's direction. His urgent call to action, articulated with erudition, reflection, and fearlessness, could not be more timely or more essential." -- Jewish Book World "One of Israel's most thoughtful observers." -- Alan Dershowitz "Daniel Gordis's morally powerful Saving Israel, from a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving, engages in an acutely necessary argument: that sovereignty has significantly changed the Jewish condition by influencing how we think. Gordis addresses the exigencies of our time with the urgency they overridingly demand, and with the depth of feeling they inspire." -- Cynthia Ozick "An important book. . . . Hopefully, Saving Israel will inspire constructive discussion and analysis of core issues that Israelis, Jews everywhere, and the entire West have studiously avoided for far too long." -- Natan Sharansky Attacked by terrorists, threatened by Arab states, and criticized by nearly everyone, Israel is the only country about which there is discussion as to whether it has a right to exist. Yet even its most ardent defenders cannot always articulate why Israel deserves to survive. In Saving Israel, Daniel Gordis admits that peace has never been farther off, but he also captures the wonder and vitality of this very special country, painting a picture of a nation well worth preserving. He provides a profound and persuasive argument, not just for how the Jewish homeland can survive, but how the enthusiasm so apparent at its founding can be cultivated today and for generations to come.show more

About Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and a Senior Fellow of the Shalem Center. A columnist for the "Jerusalem Post," he has also written for the "New York Times," "Tikkun," the "Forward," and the "New York Times Magazine." His books include "Coming Together, Coming Apart" and "If a Place Can Make You Cry."show more

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Praise for "Saving Israel""Daniel Gordis has restarted the whole conversation about the country's direction. His urgent call to action, articulated with erudition, reflection, and fearlessness, could not be more timely or more essential." --"Jewish Book World""One of Israel's most thoughtful observers." --Alan Dershowitz"Daniel Gordis's morally powerful "Saving Israel," from a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving, engages in an acutely necessary argument: that sovereignty has significantly changed the Jewish condition by influencing how we think. Gordis addresses the exigencies of our time with the urgency they overridingly demand, and with the depth of feeling they inspire." --Cynthia Ozick"An important book. . . . Hopefully, "Saving Israel" will inspire constructive discussion and analysis of core issues that Israelis, Jews everywhere, and the entire West have studiously avoided for far too long." --Natan SharanskyAttacked by terrorists, threatened by Arab states, and criticized by nearly everyone, Israel is the only country about which there is discussion as to whether it has a right to exist. Yet even its most ardent defenders cannot always articulate why Israel deserves to survive. In "Saving Israel," Daniel Gordis admits that peace has never been farther off, but he also captures the wonder and vitality of this very special country, painting a picture of a nation well worth preserving. He provides a profound and persuasive argument, not just for how the Jewish homeland can survive, but how the enthusiasm so apparent at its founding can be cultivated today and for generations to come.show more

Table of contents

Israel, Post Euphoria. ONE The State That Reinvented Hope. TWO Jews Making Jewish Decisions. THREE The First War, All Over Again. FOUR A Nation That Dwells Alone. FIVE The Next Six Million. SIX Israeli Arabs in a Jewish State. SEVEN The Withering of Zionist Passion. EIGHT More than Just a Hebrew-Speaking America. NINE Israel's Arabs, Israel's Conundrum. TEN Creating the New Jew. ELEVEN The Wars That Must Be Waged. TWELVE The Jewish State and the State of the Jews. Because Israel Is Not Just a State. Acknowledgments. Notes. Index.show more

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