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Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars Paperback – November 9, 2004
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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.Read more ›
The book is a bit slow going at first by taking us through the history of Zionism and how it developed into a burgeoning movement in the late 19th to early 20th Centuries. For people not of a Jewish background, many of the Hebrew terms and place names can be a tad difficult to keep straight. But groundwork must be laid and here it is.
The middle sections of the book pick up steam and discuss the particulars of Israel's various wars. Lozowick is exceptionally impressive here as he in no way attempts to sidestep numerous mistakes Israel has made in her history in the conduct of these wars. Yet the point is never lost that these mistakes were made within the context of just wars inflicted upon Israel by neighboring Islamic states that simply refuse to recognize a Jewish state. Further, the mistakes Israel has made have been the exceptions. For the most part, Israel recognizes how to fight its fights in a moral fashion and has done so even in the absence of one scrap of reciprocity.Read more ›
Lozowick's purpose here is not to write a history of Israel's wars but to set forth a moral justification for those wars. In this he fully succeeds merely by presenting the truth in a coherent manner.Read more ›
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An excellent analysis of both the history of Israel and the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The book is strongest when Lozowick is arguing his position; when he is... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Amazon customer
The discussion in the book was done in a logical format, with clarity and objectivity. The author's analysis was articulate and done in a manner to provide a historical... Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by Robert Rollinger
This book is not "a moral defense of Israel's wars" or of Israel at all, instead this book is nothing more than slight of hand parlor tricks designed to obfuscate reality and... Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Matthew Smith
It most fashionable today, both in books and in the news media, to view the Palestinian Arabs as innocent victims of circumstances beyond their control, and a considerable amount... Read morePublished on November 19, 2009 by A. Shayne
i read this book to give myself an education on the Middle East problems and who was to blame for them. i found a book filled with facts and history that enlightened me profoundly. Read morePublished on May 20, 2007 by S. Prigge
In this phenomenal work, Yaakov Lozowick , the director of the archives at Yad Vashem,Israel's Holocaust Museum and the author of "Hitler's Bureaucrats, The Nazi Security Police... Read morePublished on December 30, 2006 by Gary Selikow
This is a powerful, ethical and honest discussion of Israel's history and the history of her hundreds of millions of Arab neighbors who have done all they can to destroy this tiny... Read morePublished on December 27, 2006 by MN Customer
In a work both impassioned and measured, Yaacov Lozowick, director of the archives at Yad Vashem, Israel's holocaust Museum, offers a moral evaluation of Israel's conduct in... Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by Daniel Mandel
This book is indeed passionate. Too passionate for those who really want to learn about and understand the situation in the Middle East. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by N. Y. HABASH