In this provocative and deeply informed book, Goodman shares his clarifying analyses both of recent political events and of Israel’s strategic position. He shows how the country’s obsession with dangers posed by outside forces has obscured the harder issues facing it from within ever since its leaders disregarded Ben Gurion’s advice to leave the territories captured during the Six Day War. By yoking itself to the demographic timebomb of the West Bank and Gaza, Israel propelled itself towards an invidious choice: democracy or Jewish identity. Now, Goodman argues, Israel’s survival is jeopardized more by the competence of its leaders and fissures in its social and political system than by any outside threateven the apocalyptic-sounding ones from Iran.
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For those who study Israel from afar, Goodman has produced a wonderful primer on the young country’s fascinating history and unique geopolitical challenges. Before my review copy arrived in the mail, I doubted whether the world truly needed yet another book about Israel. As it turns out, those doubts were unfounded.Read Full Review of The Anatomy of Israel's Survival | See more reviews from National Post arts
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