Sept. 4, 2012
-- What Israel's critics in the West really object to about the Jewish State, Daniel Gordis asserts, is the fact that Israel is a country consciously devoted to the future of the Jewish people. In a world where differences between cultures, religions and national traditions are either denied or papered over, Israel’s critics insist that no country devoted to a single religion or culture can stay democratic and prosperous. They're wrong. Rather than relentlessly assailing Israel, Gordis argues, the international community should see Israel’s model as key to the future of culture and freedom. Israel provides its citizens with infinitely greater liberty and prosperity than anyone expected, faring better than any other young nation. Given Israel's success, it would make sense for many other countries, from Rwanda to Afghanistan and even Iran, to look at how they've done it. Most importantly, perhaps, rather than seeking to destroy Israel.
• The Promise of Israel turns the most compelling arguments against Israel on their heads, undoing liberals with a more liberal argument and the religious with a more devout one
• The Promise of Israel puts forth an idea that is as convincing as it is shocking—that Iran's clerics and the Taliban could achieve what they want for their people by being more like Israel
• Daniel Gordis has been called “one of Israel's most thoughtful observers” (Alan Dershowitz) and “a writer whose reflections are consistently as intellectually impressive as they are moving” (Cynthia Ozick)
Passionate and persuasive, Daniel Gordis’ The Promise of Israel is a timely reminder that the idea of a nation-state committed to the flourishing of one particular people is more important today than ever before – and one that offers a valuable model for other freedom-seeking nations as well.
Professor Ari L. Goldman, Columbia University, Author of The Search for God at Harvard
Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post. He has also written for the New York Times, Tikkun, the Forward, and the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of several books, including Saving Israel, winner of a National Jewish Book Award. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel, with his family, and returns regularly to the United States to teach and speak.