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on May 22, 2012
Speaking as one who was born and grew up in the Middle East, and who has studied it all his life, I found Curtis' book to be quite exceptional. This on several grounds:

1. Though clearly partisan, it is surprisingly non-polemical. Its positions are thoroughly researched and documented. This fact alone should make it a go-to source for serious researchers for years to come.

2. It manages to be both scholarly and highly readable. This should encourage broad dissemination and ensure that it receives the wide audience it deserves, not only among specialists but among an intelligent and curious general public that genuinely wants to learn and inform itself before making up its own mind.

3. My final conclusion after reading this book is by far the most important. As one who has strongly believed all my life in a peaceful, rational, logical, and equitable end-game, I am fascinated by analysis of the impediments to such an obvious outcome. It has become far too easy for nearly a century to play intellectual ping-pong, tossing formulaic and predictable arguments back and forth, while people suffer and die. Too easy, and totally unhelpful. Surely the time has come to ask the question, "Who benefits from perpetuating this tragedy"? One does not have to agree with all of Curtis' positions to share his anger over the fact that constituencies have developed and become entrenched, vested with a desire to PREVENT constructive solutions. Anyone who is serious about moving forward towards that goal owes it to him/herself to inform themselves by reading this book, and recommending that others do the same.
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on May 19, 2012
This amazing book, written by Professor Michael Curtis, gives the reader the facts behind the opinions given in the media, in speeches and at universities. Too often our discussions are based on emotion rather than facts. This is an extremely well organized and well written book which informs the reader as much as any college level course. This book shows us how to defend Israel from attacks just as dangerous as war. Israel is under attack by the Boycott Divestment, Sanction movement. This book gives the reader the best defense of the only democracy in the middle east; the facts. Professor Lewis's book is essential reading for all scholars and students of history and political science. Those of us who cherish the values of freedom of speech, worship and religion as well as equal rights for women, gay people and minorities should pay attention to Professor Lewis's warning. Israel is the canary on the coal mine. Our civilization is under attack and just like in 1938 when Czechoslovakia was split up, if we let Israel fall, the US will be next.
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on September 6, 2012
There is no shortage of books on Israel. There are fewer truly good books on Israel but several are available on Amazon and in bookstores beginning with my favorites, those written by Sir Martin Gilbert on the origins of the the State of Israel and it's ongoing engagement with the Muslim world. Meticulously documented and argued, his several volumes on the subject are a must read for anyone wanting a big picture understanding of the Jewish people and State at this point in their history. Another must read, a recent volume by Michel Curtis, Should Israel Exist, is not only a good read, it is an outstanding volume, indispensable to anyone wanting to get to the core motivations and arguments generating the unrelenting assault on Israel and the rising tide of anti-Semitism--themes very definitely connected-- sweeping intellectual and opinion-setting elites, European establishments and Muslim leaders of every stripe. Curtis is also meticulous in documenting his careful analysis, combining scholarship with a genuine concern for the future of the Jewish State. This is not just a book about Israel for Jewish and nonJewish supporters of Israel. Rather, it is a book that should be read by American readers concerned for the future of our nation in an increasingly hostile world. What is happening to Israel, Curtis suggests, could well--it has already begun--happen to the United States. Alfred Balitzer, Ph.D
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on May 4, 2012
Prof. Curtis has gone wide and deep in his analysis of Israel and of the arguments and motives of those who would delegitimize it. Wide, in that he provides a superb historical
review of the development of Zionism and, since 1948, of the State of Israel; deep, in that he provides as lucid a guide as has any recent publication with which I am familiar to the very complex legal issues which Israel's adversaries have simplified in the public debate over its right to survive as a Jewish State.
Prof. Curtis provides a withering description of the cast of characters who have criticized the morality of Zionism, of settlements on the West Bank and of Israel's treatment of its Arab minority. That part is perhaps too easy, as criticism of human rights from the likes of Cuba, Quaddafi's Libya, Iran and other intolerant totalitarian dictatorships fails of its own hypocrisy. But he also demonstrates the arrogance of Western critics on the left, some of them Jewish, who from their comfortable perches in Paris, London and New York would have Israelis gamble their very homes and lives "taking a risk for peace".
This is not a book for the layman, as it argues its case from a scholarly perspective. But for its intended audience, the well-educated student of international affairs, it is a fascinat-
ing antidote to the skewed and hypocritical, but relentless efforts of so many in the media and in governments to delegitimize Israel.
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on November 22, 2012
A comprehensive and well researched work on what some of us have seen for ourselves but could not put in words. An important book documenting the targeted attacks on Israel by the Islamist world whose terrorists have gained more support than they deserve, and the takeover of the United Nations by Radical Islamists. Eleanor Roosevelt would be horrified.
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on May 18, 2013
Very informative. Should be read by anyone defending Israel's right to exist. Extremly well written and very easy to understand.
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on August 19, 2012
Professor Curtis is a great expert who writes about this important geo-political issue with a clear sight about the danger of antisemitism to Israel and the democratic world.
I highly recomand reading it!

Ayana Friedman
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