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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1St Edition edition (January 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159698029X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596980297
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2007
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The PLO and other affiliated groups, including the President of Iran, have vowed to exterminate Israel. This has proved more difficult than they have vowed it to be over the decades since Israel's modern re-establishment. Many different strategies have been applied through countless different tactical approaches, but despite the death and mayhem, Israel still stands. Among the more recent approaches is that of Temple Denial. That is, Yassir Arafat began preaching that there never was a Temple on the Temple Mount. That if there ever was a temple it was actually somewhere else.

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.
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I have never had such an exciting time learning so much! I always knew Jerusalem was sacred, hotly contested, and a flashpoint of conflict. What I didn't know until now was how Jerusalem is being used to launch an apocalypse, by champions who are serious and armed enough to start a new world war. Alarming as it is, I was still glad to learn that we can fight this threat, and that protecting Jerusalem ultimately means protecting so much more. Beyond that, this book is an enjoyable and fast read, especially for such a fact-rich account: I learned everything I could ever have wanted to know about this amazing city, all the way back to King David. What a thrilling experience!!
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I agree with Mr. Isaac that Christians and Jews should read this informative and riveting history of Jerusalem. While Christianity and Judiaism have direct religious ties to Jerusalem, Islamic radicals discover Jerusalem when it serves a political puropose. Dore Gold's Fight For Jerusalem documents this reality.

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.
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This book was a terrifically fun read, especially the color photos and the archaeological scoops. Also some pretty shocking current events material; who knew Jerusalem is becoming as central to the balance of power as it was 2000 years ago? But in the opposite way from what I thought! Best of all, 'The Fight' is an honest, scholarly account that's quite balanced -- putting every religion, every concerned party and its potential role in the city in the best possible light. One flaw: by the incredible 'Publisher's Weekly' standard -- above on this page -- the book does lean a little bit "anti-fundamentalist." What a horrible "slant"!(or shold I say, with criticism like that, who needs praise?)
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I've read dozens of books on the subject of Jerusalem! This one stands apart! Dore Gold has done a great service to anyone seeking a true history of this city right up to the present day; the city at the center of the World.

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."
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This book is divided into three sections. In the first the religious dimension of Jerusalem is considered. The meaning of Jerusalem for Ancient Israel, for Christianity , and for Classical Islam are accurately and fairly outlined. In the second part of the book which considers the diplomatic struggle over Jerusalem, there is chapter devoted to the Birth of 'Modern Israel', one to 'Jerusalem, the Palestinian Arabs and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan', and one to the 'Arab- Israel Peace Process.' The third and most important section of the book is devoted to Radical Islam and Jerusalem. There is a chapter on 'Destruction of the Holy Sites', one on 'Jerusalem as Apocalyptic Trigger for Radical Islam, one 'The West and the Freedom of Jerusalem'.
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.
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