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Be Strong and of Good Courage

Be Strong and of Good Courage

How Israel's Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny

Modern Israel’s founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation–now Israel needs their example more than ever.

At a time when the identity of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding the country’s future.

David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon were all present at the creation of the new nation, and each faced a threat that directly imperiled the country’s existence. The book is a history of those moments when Israel, a country born of existential peril, required extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future. The strength its leaders showed, their character and calculation in the most agonizing moments, made them not just the political center of the country but its moral compass too.

The leaders were not perfect; sometimes the decisions they made had consequences they could not foresee or control, but they managed to maintain the character of the nation without jeopardizing its survival. Israel is currently more secure than ever in its recent history, but it may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic fight.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Middle East / Israel & Palestine

On Sale: September 3rd 2019

Price: $17.99 / $22.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 384

ISBN-13: 9781541767645

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Praise

"For those of us who care deeply about Israel and the US-Israel relationship, Ross and Makovsky have done a real service. . . . They tell the story of Ben-Gurion, Begin, Rabin and Sharon . . . [and] provide guidance for today's leaders in Israel and for all of us on the meaning of leadership."—Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th US secretary of state
"A powerful statement on the style and principles of leadership that are critical for shaping the Middle East peace process."—Henry Kissinger, 56th US secretary of state
"A brilliant study of the role of moral courage in politics as exemplified by four of Israel's boldest prime ministers, and a passionate plea for similar courage in Israel today."—Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth
"An astute understanding of the policies of real leaders, along with insights based on many meetings and close observations."—George Shultz, 60th US secretary of state
"Be Strong and of Good Courage is of great importance to understand the most intimate decision-making process of our leaders during pivotal points of our history . . . and to learn and gain insights for Israel's future historic decisions that must be taken."—Gadi Eisenkot, 21st chief of general staff of the Israel Defense Forces, 2015-2019
"This book is a wake-up call to the most difficult decision that the State of Israel has faced since its establishment: preserving a Jewish and democratic identity or losing it. This is not a question of if it happens, but when."—Amir Eshel, former commander of the Israeli Air Force, 2012-2017
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Meet The Author: Dennis Ross

Dennis Ross is an American diplomat and author. He has served as the Director of Policy Planning in the State Department under President George H. W. Bush, the special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton, and was a special adviser for the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia to the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East, including most recently Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, October 2015). He has authored many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other papers and magazines. In addition, he writes monthly columns for US News and World Report and the New York Daily News. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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Meet The Author: David Makovsky

David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is an adjunct professor of Middle East studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s  School of Advanced International Studies since 2000 and was a senior advisor on Israel-Palestinian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of State during the Obama Administration. This is his third book.

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