Israel Alone: How the Jewish State Lost Its Way, and How It Can Find It Again

Moshe Leshem, Author Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-67918-7
A retired Israeli ambassador to four countries as well as the U.N., Leshem charges that Israel's refusal to deal with Palestinian nationalist claims is largely responsible for his country's isolation in the world. He sees Israelis as retreating into an ``us-against-them'' mentality, abetted by a dangerous religious right wing with an increasing voice in shaping legislation, educational policies and politics. These arguments are embedded in a sweeping, informal history of Zionism and the Jews' emancipaton in Europe. In additon to exposing inner conflicts and contradictions in the early Zionist movement, Leshem contrasts the ideal of a model nation with the harsh realities of realpolitik and the consumerist, materialistic society he claims Israel has become. Leshem's voice, nevertheless is moderate, as he insists that only compromise and tolerance by both sides holds out hope of resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Paperback - 304 pages - 978-0-671-72512-9
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