1948: A Sol­dier’s Tale — The Bloody Road to Jerusalem

Uri Avn­ery
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By – August 25, 2011
Uri Avn­ery was the first Israeli to pub­licly meet Arafat and the first to advance the idea of peace through a two-state solu­tion. He is also a cap­ti­vat­ing and pro­lif­ic writer. In his lat­est book, Avn­ery leads the read­er through the excit­ing sto­ry of Israel’s 1948 War of Inde­pen­dence. In Avnery’s hands, the romance, the humor, the fun, and the tragedy are pal­pa­ble.

The War of Inde­pen­dence came on the heels of the Holo­caust. The need for sur­vival was strong and the trag­ic con­se­quences of dis­uni­ty were still fresh and sting­ing. Reli­gious sol­diers stood along­side non-reli­gious com­rades; left stood next to right, old timers fought along­side new­com­ers, and every­one worked for a com­mon goal. The odds of sur­viv­ing, let alone emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous, were poor, and the pauci­ty of equip­ment was pathetic.

Avn­ery describes how, with just a few peo­ple and almost no weapons, a hand­ful of Jews not only defend­ed Israel but cre­at­ed the State of Israel.
Mic­ah D. Halpern is a colum­nist and a social and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor. He is the author of What You Need To Know About: Ter­ror, and main­tains The Mic­ah Report at www​.mic​ah​halpern​.com.

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