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The Unmaking of Israel by Gershom Gorenberg
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The Unmaking of Israel

by Gershom Gorenberg

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A very sobering account of the state of affairs in Israel today. The author says, unless these trends are reversed, the future of that country is at stake,

-- Stop and reverse the building of settlements on occupied land
-- Do not encourage religious schools where an entire generation has been taught only the Torah like the madrasas and lack the skills needed for survival in the regular world
-- Stop discrimination and the treatment of Arabs as second class citizens
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A very sobering account of the state of affairs in Israel today. The author says, unless these trends are reversed, the future of that country is at stake,

-- Stop and reverse the building of settlements on occupied land
-- Do not encourage religious schools where an entire generation has been taught only the Torah like the madrasas and lack the skills needed for survival in the regular world
-- Stop discrimination and the treatment of Arabs as second class citizens
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061985082, Hardcover)

In this penetrating and provocative look at the state of contemporary Israel, acclaimed Israeli historian and journalist Gershom Gorenberg reveals how the nation’s policies are undermining its democracy and existence as a Jewish state, and explains what must be done to bring it back from the brink. Refuting shrill defenses of Israel and equally strident attacks, Gorenberg shows that the Jewish state is, in fact, unique among countries born in the postcolonial era: It began as a parliamentary democracy and has remained one. An activist judiciary has established civil rights. Despite discrimination against its Arab minority, Israel has given a political voice to everyone within its borders.

Yet shortsighted policies, unintended consequences, and the refusal to heed warnings now threaten those accomplishments. By keeping the territories it occupied in the Six-Day War, Israel has crippled its democracy and the rule of law. The unholy ties between state, settlement, and synagogue have promoted a new brand of extremism, transforming Judaism from a humanistic to a militant faith. And the religious right is rapidly gaining power within the Israeli army, with possibly catastrophic consequences.

In order to save itself, Gorenberg argues, Israel must end the occupation, separate state from religion, and create a new civil Israeli identity that can be shared by Jews and Arabs. Based on groundbreaking historical research—including documents released through the author’s Israeli Supreme Court challenge to military secrecy—and on a quarter century of experience reporting in the region, The Unmaking of Israel is a brilliant, deeply personal critique by a progressive Israeli, and a plea for realizing the nation’s potential.

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Argues that Israel's current policies are undermining its democracy and its existence as a Jewish state, revealing what needs to be done--separating state from religion and creating a new civil Israeli identity that can be shared by Jews and Arabs--to bring the country back from the brink.… (more)

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