The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength [NOOK Book]

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What Israel's critics in the West really object to is that it is a country expressly devoted to the future of a single people the Jewish people. In an increasingly universal world, in which differences between cultures, religions, and national traditions are either denied or papered over, Israel's critics insist that there is something backward about a country devoted to the flourishing of a particular people. But they're wrong. Rather than relentlessly assailing Israel, Daniel Gordis argues, the international ...

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The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength

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Overview

What Israel's critics in the West really object to is that it is a country expressly devoted to the future of a single people the Jewish people. In an increasingly universal world, in which differences between cultures, religions, and national traditions are either denied or papered over, Israel's critics insist that there is something backward about a country devoted to the flourishing of a particular people. But they're wrong. Rather than relentlessly assailing Israel, Daniel Gordis argues, the international community should see Israel's model as key to the future of culture and freedom.

The Promise of Israel makes and proves several audacious claims. Noting that Arabs in Israel serve on the Supreme Court and as government ministers and that Israel boasts more democratically elected Islamic officials than all of the other non-Islamic nations in the world combined, Gordis contends that this has been accomplished not in spite of Israel's commitment to the success of the Jewish people, but because of it.

More surprisingly, Gordis insists that instead of being so commonly maligned, Israel ought to be seen as a beacon among nations, a remarkably successful state that has persevered despite its having been at war ever since it was established. Not only should other countries admire this model, they should emulate it. Gordis invites you to imagine how much freer, safer, and more prosperous Egyptians and Syrians would be if a deep-rooted reverence for their past and culture were combined with democratic freedoms and an abiding respect for minority rights. He argues persuasively that a people's awareness and love of its distinctive culture and unique history need not mire them in the past. It can gird them with the confidence that they have something unique to contribute to the world and with the guidance and direction they need to shape a better future.

While The Promise of Israel may well be the most interesting and original book on Israel and the Middle East in years, it is also more than that. It offers the vision of a new and different approach to democracy and freedom for all of a nation's people one that supports a strong cultural and religious center while protecting and supporting the beliefs and traditions of minorities. That is an export of which any nation would be proud.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118235478
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 668 KB

Meet the Author

DANIEL GORDIS is Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. He has also written for the New York Times, Commentary, Tikkun, the Forward, and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Saving Israel, winner of a National Jewish Book Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Asleep under Fire 1

ONE The Israel Model 14

TWO Where a Tradition Meets the World 25

THREE Diff erence Matters 39

FOUR Universalism’s Betrayal 57

FIVE A Biblical Tug-of-War 73

SIX The Invention of the Invention of Nationalism 91

SEVEN Diversity Is the Key to Human Freedom 112

EIGHT The Only Thing We Should Not Tolerate Is Intolerance 126

NINE A Country with the Soul of a Church 140

TEN A State unto the Diaspora 165

Conclusion: Survival Is Not a Purpose 183

Acknowledgments 197

Notes 203

Index 229

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