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What in the world is happening in the Middle East?

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I watched a CNN interview with Benjamin Netanyahu this week and was impressed. It made me realize that perhaps it is the Israelis more than anyone else in the world that can help us better understand the growing unrest in the Middle East. We have lived and survived in this tough neighborhood as a robust democracy for six decades. During the interview Netanyahu makes a few cleverly cloaked remarks hinting that Europe and the States are already communicating with the Israelis trying to understand how best respond to the growing protest movements around the Middle East.

In light of this, I want to recommend that you read Netanyahu's excellent book A Place Amongst The Nations. This book more than any other will give you the essential inside understanding that will help you more fully understand what is really happening in the Middle East today. In this meticulously researched book, which took him five years to complete, Netanyahu traces the origins, history, and politics of Israel's relationship with the Arab world. In his easy to read and sometimes humurous style,  Netanyahu highlights those key factors that will surely determine the future of this region.

Anyone interested in Israel and what is happening in the Middle East must read this book. Paul Johnson of Commentary Magazine says about Netanyahu's book, "A formidable accomplishment... the most succinct, readable, powerfully argued, and convincing summary of Israel's case. There are many good books about Israel and the Arabs.  But A Place Amongst the Nations is the one that those most interested in the subject must now read."

There are very few world leaders left with the capacity to fully grasp the historical relevance of what is happening in the Middle East today. Netanyahu, the first and only Israeli prime minister born and raised in Israel after the State of Israeli's foundation, is uniquely qualified to help us understand. A.M. Rosenthal of the New York Times says, "Without reading it [Place Amongst the Nations], people seriously interested in the Middle East will remain intellectual bystanders, ducking the historic discourse it forces open."

Pick up a copy of his book here and let me know what you think.
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  • Comment Link David Lazarus Saturday, 26 March 2011 13:35 posted by David Lazarus

    Shalom Howard,
    Yes surely Netanyahu does not always reflect God's will or word. Thanks for the reminder.

    However, when Netanyahu talks about Israel having "A Place Amongst the Nations" he is not describing the typical assimilation philosophy that renounces the unique call of the Jewish people. Rather, he is articulating a vision in which Israel can find her proper place in the world in order to be a "light to the nations." He rejects the typical religious perspective that separates, but does not associate. I like that.

  • Comment Link Anonymous Saturday, 26 March 2011 12:36 posted by Anonymous

    Hi David,

    I also read this book when it first came out in 1993, I think. It is very informative and gives lots of helpful background information.

    I would only caution evangelical believers -- whether Jewish or not -- that Netanyahu's outlook and solutions are not those of the God of Israel. And while Bibi may want Israel to have a place among the nations (Gentiles), God has set Israel apart -- unto Himself -- to be a light for these nations to come and have a part with the Israel of God in the coming Millennial Kingdom.

    Blessings to you, Abba Lazarus,

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