Israel: The Will to Prevail

Israel: The Will to Prevail

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by Danny Danon
     
 

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Danny Danon has been a vocal opponent of disengaging in the Gaza Strip and West bank, and transforming the stalemate “two state/one state” dialogue to include regional partners,  at times standing in direct opposition to his own party’s leadership. A well-known and frequent speaker in the global arena, he is the rising voice for a fresh

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Danny Danon has been a vocal opponent of disengaging in the Gaza Strip and West bank, and transforming the stalemate “two state/one state” dialogue to include regional partners,  at times standing in direct opposition to his own party’s leadership. A well-known and frequent speaker in the global arena, he is the rising voice for a fresh movement toward nationalism among the generation of Israelis currently coming to power. Here, Danon shares this vision with the world. It is a bold and uncompromising stance in the face of attacks on Israel's sovereignty by other Middle Eastern nations as the United States sends mixed signals of support to further its own goals in the region. Danon dissects the missteps and wrong turns that Israel's politicians have taken in the past by working to appease the United States and not offend their neighbors, instead of prioritizing their nation's own viability. With electrifying zeal, he tackles the challenges Israel faces today to undo what he sees as a consequence brought on by years of acquiescence to US policy. Danon believes “US pressure on Israel is hurting Israel and will do nothing to advance peace,” and he is not afraid to sever the close bond between the United States and Israel if it means peace for his homeland.

Danon leads the charge toward a victorious future with an invitation for the United States and the Middle East to participate in, and not just dictate, Israel's international relations and policies (as opposed to an Israel cuckolded with an endless array of caveats toward those who would see it fall). No stranger to controversy, Danon's unabashed insights are a welcome revelation in the current quagmire of Middle-East international relations. A leading speaker to both Jewish groups and Christian Conservatives, the Los Angeles Times says “What Danny says is what Bibi is actually thinking.” For Danny Danon, this is only the beginning.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As one of the Likud’s most staunchly conservative MKs, Danon has devoted much of his life to hasbara—Israeli public advocacy or propaganda. Here, he offers a tendentious screed that makes no effort to convince anyone who is the least bit skeptical of the author’s hardline views. Arguing that “Israel must take firm hold of its own destiny, with a ready willingness to act decisively on its own behalf,” Danon suggests that Israel should rely less on the fickle support of the U.S. and should regard the disapprobation of the international community with indifference or disdain. Danon refuses to use the terms “West Bank” or “settlement,” preferring instead the ideologically loaded “Judea and Samaria” and “Jewish community,” and sarcastically rebranding the Arab spring as the “Arab Winter.” Only about 5% of the book concerns Israel’s future strategies, the rest being a revisionist rehash of why “the Jewish people’s claim to Israel is older and stronger than any other people’s in the history of the world.” When Danon describes his preferred endgame, his extremism truly shines through. He makes the case for a “three-state solution” (briefly considered and determined to be utterly unviable even in 1967) involving Israel, Egypt, and Jordan and denying forever any Palestinian national aspirations: “Talks on the establishment of a Palestinian State must cease, effective immediately.” Agent: Carol Mann, the Carol Mann Agency. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
The deputy speaker of the Knesset, believing the Obama administration is softening American support of Israel, argues that his country should "take firm hold of its own destiny, with a ready willingness to act decisively on its own behalf." In this debut, Danon establishes his thesis early: Israel must think of itself first. He chides the United States for, well, thinking of itself first. The author begins his argument with a look at the current situation in the Middle East, emphasizing terrorist acts throughout the region and around the world. He worries deeply about a nuclear Iran, and he's skeptical about the so-called "Arab Spring" and warns that revolutions can frequently produce unexpected and calamitous consequences. He takes readers through a number of Middle Eastern trouble spots (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran and others), emphasizing their tinderbox character. He follows with what he considers President Obama's early missteps in the region--accepting the Nobel Peace Prize before he'd really accomplished anything, his Arab-friendly 2009 Cairo speech, his evident sympathy for the Palestinian desire for a separate state and his misunderstanding of the situation in Jerusalem. Danon also goes after Secretary of State Clinton for her criticism of some women's issues in Israel, Leon Panetta, and the U.S. media and institutions of higher education. Danon then offers some brief history lessons: the establishment of the state of Israel, the 1956 Suez crisis, the Six-Day War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Israeli strike on Iraq's nuclear reactor. He ends with a defense of Israel's right to exist, citing biblical texts and international law, and he claims that there should be no Palestinian state (they've already got Jordan, he writes), and that a peaceful, thriving Israel will benefit the world as a whole. A concise but deeply tendentious summary of the issues in the region.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230341760
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
454,196
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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