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Overview Contains speeches from the inaugural Jerusalem Summit, featuring: Richard Perle, Benjamin Netanyahu, Alan Keyes, Daniel Pipes, and other leading intellectual and political leaders. In October 2003, a hundred conservative thinkers met for a symposium at Jerusalem's King David Hotel, to hammer out a daring (and realistic) plan to bring justice and peace to Israelis and Palestinians. Led by Richard Perle (a defense policy expert and advisor to U.S. presidents) and Benjamin Netanyahu (former Israeli prime minister), the group issued a statement, Building Peace on Truth, urging the international community to decisively act in liberating Palestinian Arabs from the corrupt, despotic, and jihad-driven regime which threatens the existence of the Jewish state and denies a future to its own people. Experts in terrorism, Islam, military strategies, geopolitics, and advanced weapons systems met for three days to offer alternatives to a succession of failed peace attempts, including Oslo and Camp David II. This invaluable resource will grab the attention of anyone interested in Middle East issues, and America's fight against global terror. The world's leading neo-conservative thinkers advance a bold peace initiative.
Publishers Description Contains speeches from the inaugural Jerusalem Summit, featuring: Richard Perle, Benjamin Netanyahu, Alan Keyes, Daniel Pipes, and other leading intellectual and political leaders In October 2003, a hundred conservative thinkers met for a symposium at Jerusalem's King David Hotel, to hammer out a daring (and realistic) plan to bring justice and peace to Israelis and Palestinians. Led by Richard Perle (a defense policy expert and advisor to U.S. presidents) and Benjamin Netanyahu (former Israeli prime minister), the group issued a statement, "Building Peace on Truth," urging the international community to decisively act in liberating Palestinian Arabs from the corrupt, despotic, and jihad-driven regime which threatens the existence of the Jewish state and denies a future to its own people.
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Release Date Oct 1, 2009
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More About Benjamin Netanyahu, Alan Keyes & Cal Thomas
Benjamin Netanyahu is professor emeritus of Judaic studies at Cornell University and currently director of The Jonathan Institute. He is author of numerous books and studies in the field of medieval and modern Jewish history.
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'For Jerusalem's sake...' Jan 5, 2008
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the "Peace Process". It should be readily available to all American Universities which sadly, as I can attest, are lacking. I borrowed my copy from a neighboring state's christian college through interlibrary loan. Sadly too, I can reveal there are over 40 copies of former President Jimmy Carter's Peace, not Aparteid in my county adjacent to Atlanta. Don't know the grand total of this worthless book in the greater Atlanta area.... I was going to review that book, but I will not waste my time. I don't want to make it appear to anyone that he is being victimized. I'm sure he's well protected anyway.
But not so for the Israelis. Their state is in a precarious position and is at the mercy of higher powers.
I laughed when an American diplomat wrote that an arab replied that only 10% of muslims are extremists: "Well, call me a taxi! That means there are only 100 million Islamics who want to kill Americans instead of one billion. I don't find that very comforting."
Another way to look at it is there are 900 million who are not extremists. If the greater international community will fight a war on terror with us, and continue homeland and international security vigilance, maybe peace would be around the horizon.
If you can find this book, I recommend HIGHLY that at least the last 2 pages be read; they are a summary of the book which is a compilation of 40 or so mini essays written by Israelis, American and British statesmen, diplomats, and religious leaders. The sixth item of fourteen on the last two pages states: "The U.N. is morally bankrupt and cannot function as the instrument of justice. Alternatives must be examined." I loved the South African Rev. Malcolm Hedding's article entitled "Anti-Semitism: the Basis of Immorality".
Zechariah 8:18-23 (English Standard Version)
And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, "Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
"Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, 'Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.' Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"
A refreshing new way of thinking Apr 3, 2005
I was present at this symposium and attended many of its sessions. For me the major element was in hearing so many different voices who are essentially sympathetic to Israel, this at a time when the Jewish state is under propaganda attack from the extreme left and the extreme right everywhere. But the major idea of the Summit, it seems to me, is especially important. The idea that moral clarity about the conflict between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East can come through understanding the historical reality seems to me a sound one. For if one has an idea of objective truth, and fairness- and if one believes in Justice then one should be able to weigh conflicting claims, and look to an answer for the conflict. The fact is that most of the claims of the Jewish side have been ignored and distorted by the other side since the beginning of the conflict. And there has emerged a strange process by where the Jews bend over backwards to understand and give to the ' other side' while the other side denies any Jewish claim and history to the Holy Land. This running away from Truth on the part of the Arab side, this refusal to recognize the legitimacy of the other is what has led to disastrous perpertuation of the conflict. Many outstanding people spoke at this conference, from former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Richard Perle, Alan Keyes, John Loftus. I would simply like to commend one speaker especially the historian Joel Fishman who gave a telling analysis of the connection between the Soviet - and Vietnamese conception of ' total war' and the strategy adopted by Yassar Arafat for destroying Israel. The key point here is that the aggressor will sacrifice the good and well- being of its own people in order to destroy the enemy. This explains Arafat's action when in September 2000 he opened up the latest terror war phase against Israel. It did not matter how much his own society suffered as long as he would move the process forward of destroying the enemy. Fishman's exposure of this line of thought made what seemed to be an irrational process ' rational'. On the whole this work gives great new insight into the Arab- Israeli conflict. And it makes it clear that without real change on the Arab side toward recognition of the reality and legitimacy of the other there can be no peace in the Middle East.
A breath of fresh air Feb 16, 2005
This is a great book about the Arab-Israeli conflict, the war on terror, and the prospects for peace. Three dozen people contribute their perspectives on these topics.
The book consists of the best presentations from the first Jerusalem summit, held in October, 2003, in Israel's capital. That summit focused on developing a moral and efficient alternative to the failed Oslo process and mapping out ways to bring democracy and freedom to the Middle East.
Here are some of the points from the summit:
1) US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a good idea, and might at least remind people that Israel is here to stay with Jerusalem as its capital.
2) The present international bodies designated to protect international law have sunk into immorality, corruption, and inefficiency. The UN is morally bankrupt and can not function as the instrument of justice; alternatives must be considered.
3) Ultimately, Arabs must liberate themselves from their irredentism. But we Westerners can help by not leading them towards more of the same.
4) For the first time in history, nihilists will actually have the means to match their ends. That means that civilization is indeed at stake.
5) Panting for peace with terrorists merely makes terrorists the masters of the situation. What we need to do instead is defeat the terrorists. Otherwise, the only way we'll get "peace" is to let the terrorists do whatever they please with us all, "peacefully."
6) Peace can be accomplished only by facing the truth. Those of us who are for human rights and justice need to go out and support it with our words at the very least. We are speaking the truth. We have nothing to be ashamed of. Let's do it!
7) A new Levantine Arab state would be a bad idea. It would be a terrorist state, and it would endanger Israel (and maybe Jordan as well). And it would have absolutely no moral or historical justification.
8) Israel must neither rule over a million Arabs nor cede them complete sovereignty within the borders of the 1930s British Mandate.
9) Israel is not a foreign occupying power in Yesha. Thus no international law prevents Israel or its citizens from establishing civilian towns on state lands.
10) Israel in 1967 did not "occupy" a Levantine Arab "nation." University professors ought to be the first ones to point out this obvious lie. But for the most part, they haven't.
11) There can't be peace if anti-Jewish incitement doesn't cease, and that includes the force-feeding of propaganda to schoolchildren.
There are several proposals for peace in the book. They emphasize the need to separate the combatants. A typical and excellent idea is to let Arabs vote in Jordanian elections and Jews vote in Israeli elections, independent of which side of the border they might actually live on.
While I don't agree with all the ideas in this book (a wide variety of ideas are covered here), I find them all interesting, valuable, and sincere.
Some people may assume that this book is of no use, because a majority of the people in the world disagree with what it says. They may consider the contributors to be a political fringe. And on some issues, they may be right. But when a political fringe tells us the truth, or requests sanity rather than arbitrariness, that fringe will be proved correct in the long run. This is a book that we all ought to read now, when there is still a clear chance to make things better for everyone.