My second book looks at my life in Israel as a journalist, immigrant, husband, father, grandfather, and Orthodox Jew–and it draws a surprising conclusion. Here’s how it begins:
This book asks a question–why are we still afraid? And then answers it: There’s no valid reason, and we shouldn’t be afraid. Cautious, yes. Vigilant, yes. Afraid? No.
There’s another question, even more puzzling. Why isn’t anyone else onto this? I will show you why we have little reason to be afraid, and I won’t use any—well, not much—classified material. Yet this conclusion is off the mainstream screen, unique.
Here’s what you’re about to read: A narrative of forty-five years of Israel’s history, told in the voice of a professional journalist who’s been on the front lines and in the back rooms, in the parliaments and in the refugee camps, in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and more. You’ll get to read what it was like here in the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s and ‘10s, subject by subject, what it meant then and what it means now. I’ll guide you through it—you’ll be at my side the whole time.
And you’ll emerge wondering what I wonder today in my backyard office south of Tel Aviv: Why are we still afraid? And we are. Fear drives Israeli politics, Israeli views of the world, and to a large extent it drives American Jewish views of Israel as well.
Changing that, becoming more realistic in our assessments and our reactions, is a key to a viable future, and a key to restoring a healthy relationship between Israel and Jews around the world.
Here’s high praise from former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert: