Israel: The Will to Prevail by Danny Danon is an autobiography and a political platform wrapped up into one. The autobiography informs the author’s politics and provides him with the foundation he needs to build his platform.
Danon is, as he calls himself, “part of new generation of leaders who see Israel taking a different, more autonomous path than it has over the past several decades.”
Now serving as Deputy Defense Minister, Danon the author launches his political polemic and then delineates a very clear and bold set of principles. Most important in his argument is that the U.S. does not necessarily know best when it comes to the Middle East. And the U.S. most certainly does not know what is best for Israel. Danon, a long time member of the Likud party, suggests that Israel will have a better and more independent relationship with the U.S. if Israel were to ever develop a stronger backbone and just “say no.”
The most essential stumbling block to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is, in this author’s estimation, the insistence on a two-state solution. That demand, according to Danon, must be scrapped because it is both impractical and dangerous to Israel.
Danon goes into depth explaining his point of view which can best be summarized by saying that a strong, independent Israel is the only way to protect Israel’s future. Anyone interested in understanding the new political right wing in Israel will find this book to be a perfect introduction to the span and scope of ideology and politics.