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Daniel Gordis's morally powerful Saving Israel, from a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving, engages in an acutely necessary argument: that sovereignty has significantly changed the Jewish condition by influencing how we think. Gordis addresses the exigencies of our time with the urgency they overridingly demand, and with the depth of feeling they inspire.
Daniel Gordis' Saving Israel is an important book. Bold in his willingness to be forthright and politically incorrect, Gordis sets forth propositions which are difficult for many to accept, such as the fact that Israel's existence is more important than peace and that Israel can never be a copy of the American style liberal democracy. For, as he notes, what is at stake is not merely a state, but the only Jewish State in 2000 years, and the very future of the Jews worldwide, including those who do not live in that State. Hopefully, Saving Israel will inspire constructive discussion and analysis of core issues that Israelis, Jews everywhere, (and the entire West) have studiously avoided for far too long.
--Natan Sharansky, Former Soviet dissident and Israeli Cabinet Minister; author of Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy
Daniel Gordis has written a book about the future of Israel that is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. His has consistently been, these past few years, one of the most engaging voices to have emerged from this time of trial for the Jewish state, and it is impossible not to be moved by his plea for hope in the land whose very existence should be a living symbol of hope.
--Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
One of Israel’s most thoughtful observers – An American who made Israel his home, despite its imperfections and dangers.
--Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In Saving Israel, Daniel Gordis offers a new defense of the Jewish state, asking first why Israel is necessary, and then discussing what Israel has to do in order to survive its enemies. Gordis begins with a novel discussion of Israel’s purpose, reflecting on the overlooked ways in which Israel has changed the existential condition of Jews everywhere. In the process, he grapples with controversial questions about Israel, Israeli Arabs, Muslims, and the International community that many Israelis and American Jews are loath to confront. Gordis lays to rest an array of pernicious myths about Israel:
Gordis suggestions for what Israel must do to survive, and more importantly, for how it must think if it is to have a future, are sure to arouse debate and even controversy. For Gordis’s book is a passionate reminder of Israel’s purpose, a celebration of what Israel has already accomplished, a renewal of faith in the cause, and a bold guide for carrying on the struggle. Saving Israel is a full-throated call to arms. Never has the case for defending the existence of Israel been made with such confidence, passion, and clarity. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Excellent book for anyone who wants to understand what Israel is about and stands for. Written very well and opens up discussions that need to be discussed.Published 9 months ago by eileen felder
A masterpiece by the author who best understand the true meaning of Israel as the Jewish State. Both it's problems as well as it's strengths/ Recommended for anyone who wants to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daniel Goldschmidt
this book was very frank, and we need to hear unvarnished facts in order to judge for ourselves how to 'save Israel.'Published 18 months ago by MAP
I purchased this book after reccommendation from a classmate who lives in Isreal. I found it informative. I do worry for my friend and his familyPublished on May 18, 2013 by So Sew
Daniel Gordis describes in details the problems that Israel is currently facing: international isolation, hostile Arabs at home, increased chance of a nuclear Iran, etc etc. Read morePublished on May 11, 2013 by Peter Franek
I always knew that Israel is my home, even though I grew up all over the world and came to Ilive in Israel only when I was in my late 20's and I am not religious. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer