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In this penetrating and provocative look at the state of contemporary Israel, acclaimed Israeli historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg reveals how the nation’s policies are undermining its democracy and existence as a Jewish state, and explains what must be done to bring it back from the brink. Refuting shrilldefenses of Israel and equally strident attacks, Gorenberg shows that the Jewish state is, in fact, unique among countries born in the postcolonial era: It began as a parliamentary democracy and has remained one. An activist judiciary has established civil rights. Despite discrimination against its Arab minority, Israel has given a political voice to everyone within its borders.
Yet shortsighted policies, unintended consequences, and the refusal to heed warnings now threaten thoseaccomplishments. By keeping the territories it occupied in the Six-Day War, Israel has crippled its democracy and the rule of law. The unholy ties between state, settlement, and synagogue have promoted a new brand of extremism, transforming Judaism from a humanistic to a militant faith. And the religious right is rapidly gaining power within the Israeli army, with possibly catastrophic consequences.
In order to save itself, Gorenberg argues, Israel must end the occupation, separate state from religion, and create a new civil Israeli identity that can be shared by Jews and Arabs. Based on groundbreaking historical research—including documents released through the author’s Israeli Supreme Court challenge to military secrecy—and on a quarter century of experience reporting in the region, The Unmaking of Israel is a brilliant, deeply personal critique by a progressive Israeli, and a plea for realizing the nation’s potential.
Strongly recommend this as a way to begin to understand the many complex issues facing Israel. Well-written and comprehensive.Published 7 months ago by Sweet baker
In The Unmaking of Israel, Gershom Gorenberg repeats some of the information he explored in The Accidental Empire regarding the rise of the settlements and the piecemeal government... Read morePublished 15 months ago by world traveler
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the reason the peace efforts keep failing in Israel, the challenges to its democracy, and the obstacles that must... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anne-Marie
This explains a lot of how the super religious jews are wrecking their country. I can't stand them and their agenda which is no good for anyone with a modicum of good sense. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Shirley Sacks
It should be required reading for all Americans. The author did an outstanding job of making us understand the two Israels - the ordinary citizens and the religious fanatics that... Read morePublished on October 12, 2013 by Patricia W. Zimmerman
Gorenberg has achieved a remarkable journalistic goal: he describes very shocking ideas and activities while showing the logic behind all sides and keeping the humanity of all... Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Andrew D. Oram
If you can both support Israel, and, yet retain an objective and critical perspective on the decisions it has made, you will appreciate this book. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Jonathan