Confronting Jihad: Israel's Struggle & the World After 9/11by Saul Singer
With succinct commonsensical wisdom, historical penetration, inescapable logic, and scrupulous commentary, Saul Singer demonstrates the record, almost blow by blow, of the Palestinian Arab war against Israel from 1997 to the present hour. Generations from now, historians will turn to these levelheaded essays for and understanding of how a beleaguered nation retained its ethical vitality, its dignity, and its sense of civilization's imperatives. And readers who may require a Guide for the Perplexed concerning the current travail of the Jewish State will be illumined by necessary insights not often found in the American press. Confronting Jihad carries the indispensable freight of political and moral truth-telling. - Cynthia Ozick
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Singer does a fantastic job of mapping out the palestinian jihad, and the arab war against israel's existance. A reader can not help but realize the parallels to the greater jihad which is festering in the arab/muslim world, and how israel is in fact the flood gate which is protecting the western world from Islam's most recent atempt to conquer the world, through a scorched earth policy if necessary.
In this prescient and thoughtful book, Saul Singer does an excellent job analyzing the issues which have become so fundamentally important over the past two years: The democratic and Jewish nature of the State of Israel, Islamic Fundamentalism as the real threat in the 21st century, the special relationship that the United States enjoys with Israel and much much more. What is unique in this book, is that Singer's prescience has proven itself over and over again over the past few years - and his foresights as to what can be expected in the next decade are likely to prove themslves as well. Well written, and intellectually stimulating. A must for all those for whom the situation in the Middle East in general, and Israel in specific, are of interest and importance.
Covering the Palestinian/Arab war against Israel from 1997 to the present day, a writer for the Jerusalem Post presents here a series of essays that should be mandatory reading for anyone with the remotest interest in the Middle East. The book covers a whole series of issues relating to the so called 'peace process' which cannot all be addressed within the space of a review. One of the principal issues covered in this work is the ongoing construction of the so called 'security wall/fence' along the boundaries of Judea/Samaria (West Bank) etc.. The 'security wall/fence' being cited in the book as really being 'constructed' by the Palestinians and not by the Israelis, with an elaboration being made that the structure only came into being following the many thousands of Palestinian terrorist attacks upon Israelis. Further amplification being made that if the Palestinian leadership fulfilled their requirement under the so called 'road map' in disarming and disbanding the Palestinian terrorist groups then the 'security wall/fence' would be irrelevant in any case. Further to the 'peace process' itself the book describes the European Union as largely taking the Palestinian side in the conflict and that a refusal to label the Palestinians as the 'aggressors' has made the conflict virtually impossible to end by providing an 'inbuilt incentive' for Palestinians to restart hostilities as soon as any 'talks' break down. This is discussed in some detail. Reference is made to the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, or anyone else in authority, having given no indication whatsoever of being prepared/willing to confront Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups. The latter shown to be allowed to operate freely by the Palestinian leadership within all the Palestinian autonomous areas. Page 136 discusses the attitude depicted within these Palestinian groups where they claim a right to 'retaliate' after Israel kills what is termed as one of their 'terrorist masterminds' responsible for attacking Israelis etc.. The book discusses the matter at length and describes the underlying attitude of the Palestinian terrorist groups as being of 'schoolyard logic' which cries 'it all started when he hit me back'. The book makes a number of comparisons between Israel's 'war against terrorism' and the parallel 'war against terrorism' of the US. Both are described as facing the same enemy with the same strategy. The US & Israel both also depicted in the book as being at the receiving end of what the same 'jihad' & an expansionist war by militant Islam that cannot tolerate any form of non-Islamic power. Having said that, at the beginning of the book the writer describes his first visit to the US following the September 11th terrorist attacks and goes to some length to describe his shock at a fundamental difference in the society of both nations. The book recounts astonishment at the number of US civilians at outdoor cafes and shopping malls without the presence of any noticeable security guards checking people at the entrances etc.. Something described as a far cry from Israel's stringent, ever present security measures, which are depicted as an almost unnoticed part of everyday life in the Jewish state. The shock at the lack of such measures in the US being illustrated as an 'almost reckless form of freedom'. The book not decrying the situation in the US but just using this as an example of how terrorism has affected two nations in a different manner at the present time, as if the respective peoples currently live in 'different worlds'. This is an extremely interesting, composed, well written, incisive study into the common threats facing the US, Israel and the West, as well as an informed insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Highly recommended. Thank you.
Saul Singer's new book is a remarkable remedy for the illusions that shape thinking about how peace might be achieved between Israel and its neighbors, and is also a crisp and incisive analysis of the intertwined fate of Israel and the United States. Singer's unsparing, unblinking case for realism is a necessary antidote to those who believe that Palestinian political culture is ready for peace, if only the succession of recent Israeli governments had been more forthcoming. 'Confronting Jihad' is cogent in its argumentation and engaging in its prose; this is a genuinely important book.
I think the writer is twisting history events to serve his own agenda of blindly supporting occupation in Palestine and misleading the reader to believe his false and hate-filled thoughts.