A Durable Peace
The Jewish Heritage Library . . . for such a time as this. It seems that the whole world is turning on the Jewish people. Now more than ever, we need to understand the issues. . . and the nation...
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The Jewish Heritage Library . . . for such a time as this. It seems that the whole world is turning on the Jewish people. Now more than ever, we need to understand the issues. . . and the nation God has chosen to "be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth" (Dt. 14:2). Our Jewish Heritage Library--a collection of extraordinary books written primarily by Jewish people on Jewish subjects--will supply facts the secular media often surpress and a perspective that may change the way you look at world events. This powerful, lucid, and meticulously documented work sets the record straight concerning Israel and the Middle East. Writing as an Israeli who wants a secure Israel at peace with its neighbors, Netanyahu traces the origins, history, and politics of Israel's relationship with the Arab world and the West, exposing some of the most common--and often shocking--myths and lies about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This examination of the Middle East's troubled history traces the origins, development and politics of Israel's relationship with the Arab world and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will leave Israel vulnerable to Iraq and Iran.
Benjamin Netanyahu's primer on pro-Israel politics is an updated version of an earlier book, A Place Among the Nations. There's a good reason for the revision, of course: in the years since the first book was published, Netanyahu has served as the prime minister of Israel. Yet A Durable Peace is not a stale politician's memoir. It's a resounding plea for Israel's acceptance as a full member of the world community, as well as a call for understanding its unique security needs. Netanyahu displays his knack--perfect for the television era but also helpful on these pages--for channeling complex ideas into pithy statements. Here's Netanyahu on the importance of Israel to the Jewish people: "If there had been a Jewish state in the first half of the [20th] century, there would have been no Holocaust. And if there had not been a Jewish state after the Holocaust, there would have been no Jewish future." On the need for Arab concessions in the peace process: "For the sake of peace, [the Arab states] must renounce their claims to part of the four ten-thousandths--.0004--of the lands they desire, which constitute the very heart of the Jewish homeland and the protective wall of the Jewish state." These are the statements of a skilled debater, and they represent a one-sided view of Middle Eastern politics. Yet Netanyahu also provides an excellent introduction to Zionism and the need to protect a small country against neighbors who have waged war against it. --John J. Miller
Benjamin Netanyahu is professor emeritus of Judaic studies at Cornell University and currently director of The Jonathan Institute. He is author of numerous books and studies in the field of medieval and modern Jewish history.