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This exhaustively researched book by a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. (Hatred's Kingdom) reads like an informed diatribe recounting the 3,000-year history of Jerusalem, from its origins in Davidic Israel through the Islamic conquests and Crusades, to its central place in Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and global religious consciousness. While meticulously detailing the role of the Holy City in the evolution of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and the modern diplomatic battle for its custody, Gold is far from impartial. He displays an intense repudiation of fundamentalist Islam, and the perceived ineptitude and ingratitude of the West toward Israel, which he considers the only legitimate savior of the city. Warning of the apocalypse, he concludes that today's Jerusalem is threatened by the "evil wind" of Islamic fundamentalism; if redivided, he argues, the precious city will be the next great victim of global jihad. Comprehensive and cogent, this book may be a helpful resource to anyone interested in the historical and theological antecedents to today's political quagmire. However, the spiteful, defensive tone diminishes an otherwise fascinating history. Christians and Muslims alike will find his argument disquieting, as Gold repeatedly devalues the religious authenticity of their claim to the city. (Jan.)
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Jerusalem: Center of Faith--Or Apocalyptic Trigger?
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.See all Editorial Reviews
Dore Gold takes the reader on a fascinating journey and brings to life the history of the Jewish capital. Read morePublished 6 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 15 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 19 months ago 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
This book should be required reading for every liberal progressive. Dore's well researched book very nicely puts all the left-leaning and politically correct lies into the trash... Read morePublished on March 3, 2011 by Calea