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Daniel Gordis and Saving Israel
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2011
I have just finished reading this extraordinary, thoughtful and courageous book, and can add very little to the review by A. Arnovitz as I agree with all that he or she says. This must have been a painful book for Daniel Gordis to work on, to research and to write, because it could be much easier to behave like the proverbial ostrich.
The first two chapters of this amazing work are spent discussing the purpose of Israel, its reasons for being. The next five chapters deal with the problems of Israel, few of which are to do with the Arabs' and most of the world's desire to destroy that tiny little democracy. The final five chapters are a reasoned discussion of possible solutions to those problems - and again, most of the solutions would seem to lie within Israeli society itself. This is a discussion, food for thought, and Gordis does not pretend to have any of the answers at his finger-tips. Indeed, his thought processes seem very much those of a Talmudic scholar. All Israelis, as a Jewish community, need to get to work, find the answers and work on them. Or, quite simply, this beautiful Jewish democracy will cease to exist, either suddenly and bloodily or gradually.
And this is why, as A. Arnovitz writes, this book should be compulsory reading for every Jewish person who cares about Israel, and also for every Israeli citizen including the Rabbinate and politicians.
I cannot recommend "Saving Israel" highly enough, even though for any Jewish person who loves Israel it is chilling, very frightening and even depressing to read.