Herman Wouk is one of my favourite writers and it was "The Winds of War" which first brought him to my attention. That too is a war-time epic, but concentrating on the Second World War. The Hope, and its sequel, The Glory, focus on the wars which helped create and form the political state of Israel, starting in 1948. As with "The Winds of War" Herman Wouk focuses in on a couple of key characters, in this case two military families and their associations with the outside world and involvements in key military engagements.
Unfortunately, where "The Winds of War" is based on a concise period of time, well known events and an easily defined "right and wrong", which contributes to a readable and sympathetic novel, The Hope sprawls in its scope and suffers in consequence. The book covers nearly two decades of war and the peaceful periods in between and the thread of the plot is lost somewhat in the process. The other problem is that the book relies on the reader's sympathy with Israel and the concept that an Israeli homeland is a right for the Jews. Without making comment on this I would say that the arguments of the military expressed in the Hope seem a little weak - the characters make statements like "We just have to show the Arabs we mean business, and maybe then they will accept peace" which ring hollow, and the sympathy of this reader was undermined in consequence.
I found the book pretty hard going. Greater concentration on the human side of the war would have made it more readable (HW really nailed this in "The Winds of War") but really I think the subject matter is just too enormous to form a coherent novel. Notwithstanding this he deals with the historical facts well, impartially (as far as I could tell) and again, as far as I could tell, accurately, and made a difficult subject considerably more readable than a dry history book on the topic would have been.