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Reclaiming Israel's History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace Hardcover – March 20, 2017
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"This is not the first excellent book on the Middle East conflict. But when listeners to my radio show ask me for one book to read in order to understand the Middle East conflict and Israel's history, this is the book I will recommend. Very few people combine the knowledge, the insight, and the ability to write clearly—for both novice and academic—as does David Brog. I believe that if just a small percentage of Western university students and of the world's Muslims read this book, Israel-hatred will begin to abate, and peace in the Middle East will nally be possible. That is how good it is."
—DENNIS PRAGER, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of the Prager University website
"One of the greatest threats to Israel today is the spread of a false narrative claiming that Israel is an oppressor, an occupier, and the obstacle to peace. These lies are dangerous—they inspire terrorists to murder and doom the prospects of peace. David Brog's important new book, Reclaiming Israel's History, tells Israel;s story in a way that dissects and destroys these lies. Anyone interested in defending Israel must read this book."
—PASTOR JOHN HAGEE, founder and chairman, Christians United for Israel
"David Brog is a friend of mine and of Israel, because he is a friend of the truth. He does his homework and lets the chips fall where they may. He’s written a history of the State of Israel that tells Israel's inspirational story while thoroughly debunking the most widespread anti-Israel myths. If you are a friend of the truth as well, Reclaiming Israel's History is required reading to effectively defend and stand with Israel. The truth shall set you free."
—GLENN BECK, founder of TheBlaze television network, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and nationally syndicated radio host
About the Author
DAVID BROG, a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, is the executive director of the Maccabee Task Force and was the founding executive director of Christians United for Israel. He served as chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He also worked as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in both Israel and the United States. Brog is the author of In Defense of Faith: The Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity and Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State.
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With this book we see corrected many of the historical myths surrounding the history of such an intractable problem. Namely, that Palestinians have always existed as a distinct national group and that Israel "ethnically cleansed" them.
Studying the facts with an open mind can lead to only one conclusion: A Palestinian state does not exist because Palestinian leaders have repeatedly turned down offers of statehood.
The main question that the author asks is: "Why is Israel a recognized State, but the Palestinians have failed to achieve Statehood?"
The author brings new and fresh perspectives in looking at the legal/political issues of how a people make up a nation, and how after WWII many European and Asian countries forcibly removed German families that had lived for centuries in their countries back to Germany, and how vast numbers of Hindu-Indians & Muslim-Pakistanis moved between their countries following India's division. The author analyzes these forcible migrations in comparison with the exodus of "Palestinians" from Israel in 1948 and Jews from Arab countries thereafter.
The author recounts some of the early history of the Zionist movement in the early 1900s, but surprisingly doesn't mention the Belfour Declaration nor its influence (no citation in the index). While the author briefly mentions some of the highlights of the various Israel-Arafat & Obama-Abbas "peace" negotiations, the author barely mentioned how the issue of the "right of return" of Palestinian refugees was the major stumbling block in why these negotiations eventually collapsed -- although he finally notes this issue about pages 170-172.
The author reviews the anti-Jewish riots of the 1920s in the British Mandate of Palestine, and how the British took on an anti-Zionist view during the 1930s, and curtailed Jewish immigration during WWII to appease the Arabs into not supporting the Nazi war effort.
The major shortcoming of this book is that while the author noted the long fraction between the Israeli-Jews and Palestinian-Muslims, he didn't get into analyzing "why" the Muslims held such animosity and hatred towards Jews or of an independent Jewish state. To understand this one needs to read "The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran" by Robert Spencer.
All of this leads the author to postulate, essentially: The Palestinians haven't achieved Statehood because their leaders have consistently declined to establish Statehood if that means they need to recognize a State (Israel) for the Jews."
While "another book about Israel", I found this book to provide new and fresh analysis of the Jews struggle in reclaiming their homeland -- and how despite the "peace" treaties with Egypt and Jordan remain fragile, as Palestinian Authority (PA) & Hamas warlords continue their anti-Jewish media propaganda and violent "lone wolf" attacks around Jerusalem. A fine read.