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The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City Paperback – August 24, 2009
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Jerusalem is under assault. In Western diplomatic circles, it is now being argued that by pushing hard for a Middle East settlement, with the redivision of Jerusalem at its core, the flames of radical Islamic rage will be lowered, stemming the tide of al-Qaeda's ideological spread. Yet the exact opposite is true. Radical Islam is fed by its sense of victory in the face of repeated withdrawals: a redivision of Jerusalem would not only endanger its holy sites, but also unleash new jihadist momentum on a scale that most political leaders have not begun to consider.
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The evidence against this theory is overwhelming, but is hardly known by the general person today. Many influential media outlets, college programs on Middle-Easter Studies, and certain politicians from around the world are so supportive of the "Palestinian Cause" that they are willing to support any political wedge to help them including misrepresenting the evidence of the history of the Jews and of Israel.
This very helpful book explains the evidence of the history of the Jews and the Arabs in Palestine (a term for the area invented by a Roman emperor when he wanted to punish the Jews and named it after their traditional enemies the Philistines - a people of Aegean heritage, not Arab).
The author, Dore Gold, has served as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations. He begins the book by introducing us to the problem of Temple Denial. The book is presented in three parts. 1) The Religious Dimension of Jerusalem, 2) The Diplomatic Struggle over Jerusalem, and 3) Radical Islam and Jerusalem.
Unless you are already deeply familiar with the history of the area and all the conflicting arguments and claims, you will likely learn a great deal from this book.Read more ›
Like his perviuos books, Dore Gold proves himself to be a first-rate researcher that lets the facts tell his story. This book contains many fascinating maps and photographs that help bring to life this unique city. Any one who reads the Fight For Jerusalem will come away with important information that will help them understand the importance of Israel's capital.
Certainly he is biased as an Israeli diplomat but who isn't biased when it comes to this subject? His facts are accurate and not hysterical as opposed to some with a different point of view. He makes his case.
I especially recommend this book to Messianic Jews and Evangelical Christians who want the facts and want a glimpse of what is "right around the corner."
In this third section of the book Gold gives a short history of the development of Radical Islam. He tells of the Islamic destruction of the religious sites of other faiths, from the largest Buddhist statues in the world in Afghanistan to sites in the heart of the Arab world. He shows how Western diplomatic concessions have not led to moderation but rather an intensification of fanaticism by radical Islamists. He tells the story of the Muslim destruction of important archaeological remains in Jerusalem. He shows how radical Islam's obsession with Jerusalem is another manifestation of the clash of civilizations between radical Islam and other religious faiths and civilizations.
The demonstrating of Islamic disrespect and destruction for the Holy Places of others is at the heart of his argument that Jerusalem must remain undivided under Israeli rule. Additional evidence for this claim is given by the Palestinian reaction to Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, and the Shiite Hizbollah's reaction to Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.Read more ›
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Dore Gold takes the reader on a fascinating journey and brings to life the history of the Jewish capital. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CRFlint18
An excellent job of connecting the history of Jerusalem with the contemporary fight for Jerusalem. Also, this book
is good read for those who are interested in Bible prophecy. Read more
The author provides a thorough, detailed and highly readable examination of the history and the issues attendant with the control of the ancient Jewish capital. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Scott Bailey
I hold a special place in my heart for the Jewish people. I love their history and can relate to their struggles.Published on February 28, 2014 by Roselynn Littlejohn
Excellent book by a world class authority and scholar. Reviews the challenges and dilemmas faced by the parties and the centrality of Jerusalem in the conflict.Published on May 16, 2013 by Irwin J. Mansdorf
This book provided amazing insight into the world of Radical Islam and how Jerualem plays a role. He did an amazing job!Published on November 25, 2012 by jon