ISRAEL: A Foreign Affair (Israel Memories Series #1)

ISRAEL: A Foreign Affair (Israel Memories Series #1)

by Dr. Joyce Starr

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ISRAEL: A Foreign Affair (Israel Memories Series #1) by Dr. Joyce Starr

The Israel Memories Series provides an insider’s view of Israel, the peace process and the American-Israel relationship - stories only the author can tell. The series melds journey, insight and historic photos into inspiring story clusters.

In the inaugural volume, a courageous family background and fateful turning points transform Dr. Joyce Starr into a war volunteer, witness, and champion for the State of Israel. Her unusual journey catapults her to a key White House role and to the trust and respect of Israeli prime ministers, defense ministers, foreign ministers, and legendary Israeli figures.

Her unusual career – quasi-diplomat, activist, analyst and writer – is a story unto itself. This volume spotlights: initial hopes for the Middle East peace process; the revolution forged by Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat and Jimmy Carter; a rare glimpse of Yitzhak Rabin; and General Arik Sharon's most heart-wrenching challenge.

Dr. Starr contributes precious kernels of Jewish history: how the Uman grave site of revered Chassidic master Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was saved from destruction; a rabbi who risked all during the Russian Pogroms; a rebbetzin (rabbi’s wife) who led the escape from sure death to American shores; brave Christians who jeopardized their own lives to rescue a Jewish family; and the determination of four generations of Jewish women.

A leading authority on US-Israel relations, she highlights the human dimension, while unraveling the policy consequences. The great divide between Israelis who can’t fathom the American mentality and Americans who know and/or “love” Israel in superficial terms, results in an emotional tension and yearning that affects so many - even at the highest levels.

Combining vivid vignettes about Israel with challenges encountered during her journey, her fast-paced series will enrich your understanding of Israel and those who loved her. Historians will discover missing pieces and valuable clues.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013300514
Publisher: -
Publication date: 10/17/2011
Series: Israel Memories Series - International Standard Serial Number - ISSN 2164-1072 , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Dr. Joyce Starr is the award-winning author of fifteen books and a popular radio talk show host. A former assistant to President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Starr undertook the first White House Study Mission on Middle East Economic Cooperation following the Camp David Accords. She also served as White House liaison to Ambassador Arthur Goldberg on the Helsinki Rights Accords, working to secure the release of Soviet dissident, Anatoly Sharansky, and human rights activists worldwide.

An expert on the Middle East conflict, the author established the Near East Program of the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., opening offices in both Tel Aviv and Cairo. She was appointed to the US Government Task Force on the Reconstruction of Lebanon during the Reagan Administration.

She also designed think tank programs for leading Israeli universities. Dr. Starr founded/directed Corporate Partners for the Environment at the Porter School of Environmental Studies of Tel Aviv University, directed a series of conferences on Israel’s water crisis for the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and designed a strategic, anti-terrorism institute for Netanya College.

The Israel Memories Series builds on her classic book: Kissing Through Glass - The Invisible Shield between Americans and Israelis. An specialist on Middle East shortages, her seminal works include: Covenant Over Middle Eastern Waters; The Politics of Water in the Middle East; U.S. Foreign Policy on Water Resources in the Middle East; and A Shared Destiny: Near East Regional Development & Economic Cooperation.

Dr. Starr received a MacArthur Grant to educate Congress about Middle East water shortages, organized and co-chaired the first African Water Summit with UN Secretary General Boutros Ghali and planned the first Middle East Water Summit with Turkey’s President, Turgut Ozal.

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