- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385509057
- ISBN-13: 978-0385509053
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,434,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Right to Exist: A Moral Defense of Israel's Wars Hardcover – 1 Oct 2003
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""Right To Exist," Yaacov Lozowick's "j'accuse," is one of the most important political histories of our generation. A modernday Zola, Lozowick meticulously unravels the Big Lie that demonizes Israel and Zionism and contaminates the viler estuaries of what is nowadays dubbed 'the international community'. The title alone--the scandal of calling into question a living nation's existence--ought to shame the prevaricators and defamers, whether they are professors in universities, media distorters, 'peace activists' who justify terror, morally deformed intellectuals, self-deceiving unconfessed haters, or merely the herd of the easily led. Honorably and irrefutably, Lozowick reintroduces plain fact and clear truth into a world of malice and mendacity."-Cynthia Ozick, author of "Quarrel & Quandary" and "The Puttermesser Papers"
From the Inside Flap
For more than a half-century, Israel has been forced to defend its existence against international political disapproval, racist calumny, and violence visited upon its citizens by terrorists of many stripes. While nations have always been made to defend their moral, political, economic, or social actions, Israel has the unique plight of having to defend its very right to exist.
Covering Israel's struggle for existence from the British occupation and the UN's partition of Palestine, to the dashed hopes of the Oslo Accords and the second intifada, Yaacov Lozowick trains an enlightening, forthright eye on Israel's strengths and failures. A lifelong liberal and peace activist, he explores Israel's national and regional political, social, and moral obligations as well as its right to secure its borders and repel attacks both philosophical and military. Combining rich historical perspective and passionate conviction, Right to Exist sets forth the agenda of a people and a nation, and elegantly articulates Israel's entitlement to a peaceful coexistence with its surrounding Arab neighbors and a future of security and pride. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is quite powerful and transports the reader into the experience & world of the Jew with the sense of frustration being almost palpable from the text. A study that will hold the reader's attention throughout.
This is a study which exposes how the present, allegedly "flawed" perception of the Arab-Israeli conflict permeating the International community is shown to have fanned the flames of an ever increasing hatred of the Jewish people and their nation. Many readers will find this a contentious issue, but it is a worthy read irrespective of one's personal stance.
The title of this work ("Right To Exist") is said here to speak volumes in itself and is described as a damning indictment upon much of modern day society where many intellectuals & public figures (including University professors, media distorters, anti-Semites and alleged "peace activists") are said to have allegedly used their positions as platforms from which to unjustly vilify the State of Israel. The implications of their actions are discussed at various places in the text.
The book in no way objects to criticism of the Jewish State as long as that analysis of Israel is "comparative, contextual, and fair". However the book contends strongly that the Jewish nation is the only one criticized for faults that are far worse among other nations and that this criticism crosses the line from being acceptable to blatantly anti-Semitic.Read more ›
As Cynthia Ozick describes so eloquently "The title alone - the scandal of calling into question a living nation's existence-ought to shame the prevaricators and defamers,whether they be professors in universities , media distorters,'peace activists' who justify terror,morally deformed intellectuals,self-decieving unconfessed haters,or merely the herd of the easily led"
The introduction describes why the author,a lifelong liberal and peace activist,in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo process,and Arafat's launching of war of terror against Israel's populace,voted for Ariel Sharon of the center right Likud Party,traditionallly regarded as a hawk and hardliner(although his record as Prime Minister was to prove the opposite).
Lozowick describes how former Prime Minster,the center left Ehud Barak, at Camp David 2000,offered the Palestinian Authority the whole of Gaza and almost all of the West Bank,(including most of East Jerusalem),and in response Arafat stormed out of the talks and launched a terror war against the Israeli people , in which thousands of Israeli Jews (mainly women and children) have been murdered,maimed, terrorized,widowed and orphaned.
In response to Arab terror war against them, the Israeli people voted for Ariel Sharon , war hero who had been villified by Israel's enemies around the world as well as by section of Israel's left.Read more ›
It is about time that Israel's detractors were tackled in such an eloquent manner. Yoram Hazony is no right winger - and this is no diatribe. He wants a peaceful Palestinian state as a neighbour, but now realises that this is will be impossible for the near future.
The key theme throughout this book is a pinpoint analysis of how and why history has been distorted to delegitimise Israel's (and only Israel's) "Right to Exist". I have read many books on the conflict, but none have "told it like it is " quite so well.
Hazony is the curator of Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial and is noted historian of the Nazi period. He provides an excellent and concise review of Israeli history, and does not shy away from Israeli wrongdoings.
The best book on Israel I have read.