Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars

Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars

by Yaacov Lozowick
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Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book, plain and simple
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this book is rather polarized, he does do a very good job of the moral disparity in the Arab-Israeli conflict. In a struggle that often has a lot of propaganda, mistruths and outright distortions surrounding it, his book cuts through the bull.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazingly well rounded book. Well argued and presented. Of course there is some bias (I challenge anyone to find a historian who has no bias). Does an outstanding job setting aside his bias to be balanced and fair. The book's arguments are derived from documented facts, not emotions, as many Palestinian books are. This is not Propaganda as some have charged because no propagandist in his or her right mind would be as critical of their country as this man was in his book. He points out his disagreements with Israel but maintains its right to exist and defend itself. I wish more people would read books like this without assuming they are propaganda tools. Again, a beautifully written book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this is one of the most Pro-Israeli propaganda i have ever seen it praises Israel for rolling its gigantic armor into Gaza and other highly populated Palestinian areas and they expect that they wont through rocks or fight back. If it wasnt so bias I definatley would have liked it more
Guest More than 1 year ago
This absorbing, well written, impassioned study by a historian and director of Israel's Holocaust museum, is extremely well presented, providing what could be called a 'moral evaluation' of the facts surrounding the historical context pertaining to the ongoing situation in the Middle East. A study which exposes how the present, 'flawed' perception of the Arab-Israeli conflict permeating the International community is shown to have fanned the flames of an ever increasing hatred of the Jewish people and their nation. The book is quite powerful and transports the reader into the experience & world of the Jew with the sense of frustration being almost palpable from the text. A study that will hold the reader's attention throughout . The title of this work ('Right To Exist') speaks volumes in itself and is described as a damning indictment upon much of modern day society where many intellectuals & public figures (including University professors, media distorters, anti-Semites and alleged 'peace activists') are said to have used their positions as platforms from which to unjustly vilify the State of Israel. The implications of their actions are discussed at various places in the text. The book in no way objects to criticism of the Jewish State as long as that analysis of Israel is 'comparative, contextual, and fair'. However the book contends strongly that the Jewish nation is the only one criticized for faults that are far worse among other nations and that this criticism crosses the line from being acceptable to blatantly anti-Semitic. The source of this work describes himself as a 'lifelong liberal, peace activist and a seeker of justice', critical of some Israeli Government policies, but someone whose attitude changed following the increase of Palestinian terrorism etc. and who eventually found himself voting for the 'hardline' Israeli leader Ariel Sharon. The book begins with a description of how many innocent Jewish civilians including women, children and the elderly are murdered by Palestinian terrorists whilst the Arab World responds with more cries of 'death to the Jews' whilst the rest of the World simultaneously looks away or pretends not to hear. The resounding silence being described as endorsement and support for the killers of these Jews to continue with their murderous policies. The study proceeds to argue that there is no 'cycle of violence' in the Middle East in which each side is morally culpable and moves to destroy what are described as numerous lies and myths about the history as well as the ongoing Arab-Israeli issue. The reader is provided with quite a detailed context surrounding the beginning of the 'second intifada' in relation to the offers made by Israel at the Clinton/Barak/Arafat summit and also what are called the true facts surrounding the beginning of the ensuing violence. Another matter addressed is what is cited as the 'impossible task' of appeasing the Palestinian populace. Reference provided as to how lightening restrictions upon Palestinian movement for security purposes has always been accompanied by a sharp rise in Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. The effects of all these issues on the writer are also presented together with some advice for those who consider that 'peace' will result from Israel giving to the Arab world (Palestinians) the territories of the ancient Jewish homeland re-captured in 1967. The book traces the long struggle to establish and defend the Jewish State in the face of Arab resistance and International hostility arguing that it is impossible to understand the conflict in the Middle East without accepting the reality that from the very beginning the overt strategy of the Arab leadership has been to eliminate the existence of any Jewish state and to destroy the Jewish population. The text mirrors this International hatred with reference to the vast number of Arab/Muslim sponsored UN Resolutions against the Jewish State described as
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must read book for those wanting clarity about Israel, the Palestinians ,the Arabs and the Middle East conflict. If only Israel would give back the territories it captured in 1967, all problems in the middle east would be solved. That seems to be the mantra of the Left these days. If such an action really would bring peace, it would be worth the price. A detailed description of the history of the Israelis and the Palestinians shows that the situation is much more complex than that. Israel¿s¿ history is one of wars, most forced upon her by outside enemies. This book describes the morality of these wars, some just, others not. With all the mistakes Israel has made, this book details how this small country is following a moral code all of her neighbors, reject out of hand. There is a need for compromise with the Palestinians, but not at the expense of the existence of the State of Israel.