From the celebrated syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, comes a passionate testimony to the necessity of Israel’s survival and a dispassionate analysis of why it may not.
Cohen, a writer of uncommon power and feeling, has reported from Israel and the Middle East for decades. Although a long-time critic of some of Israel’s policies—its seizure of the West Bank, for instance—he rejects the current revisionism, which ignores the reasons the State was founded, and recounts the reasons why it once had world-wide support. Cohen argues that the notion that Israel is just another—and the last—of Europe’s many colonial enterprises, is a willful misreading of history.
Israel’s challenges are many—demographic, political, ideological and, bit by bit, a steady erosion of its raison d’être. It is losing people, purpose, and the patience of much of the world. At the same time, it faces a perilous future in which its neighbors, saturated in European-style anti-Semitism for more than seventy years now (the Hamas charter cites the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”), will ultimately push aside their dictatorial regimes and establish Islamic-style democracies—more threatening to Israel than anything that now exists.
In the end, it is not the existence of Israel that’s on the line. It’s the efficacy of western values.