Editor’s note: The greatest threat to the Middle East isn’t Israel. It’s the lies that are told about the Jewish State. The spread of these lies in the Middle East has enabled terrorism and perpetuated the Arab-Israeli, fueling fanatical mass murder and genocidal plots against the Jewish people. The spread of those same lies in Europe has endangered Jews, while blinding governments to the Islamic terror threat at home.
Now one book challenges the narrative with the truth. After decades of politicians pretending that they can achieve peace through lies, David Brog’s book, “Reclaiming Israel’s History: Roots, Rights and the Struggle for Peace,” fights for peace with the truth.
David Brog is the Executive Director of the Maccabee Task Force, which fights the delegitimization of Israel on campus, and was the founding executive director of Christians United for Israel. His is also the author of “Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State” (2006) and “In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity” (2010).
In the following interview with Frontpage Magazine’s Daniel Greenfield, Brog discusses his new book and its importance for defenders of Israel today.
Daniel Greenfield: Your book is titled, Reclaiming Israel’s History. Your subtitle is “Roots, Rights and the Struggle for Peace.” Do you feel that understanding Israel’s history is vital for achieving a true peace based on truth?
David Brog: Without a doubt. The lies told about Israel poison the prospects of peace. According to Palestinian leaders – in both Fatah and Hamas — the Israelis are a bunch of European colonists who came to a land to which they had no connection and ethnically cleansed it of its indigenous inhabitants. People who believe this will never see peace with Israel as a virtuous compromise. They will view peace as a cowardly surrender. No wonder the Palestinians have turned down five Israeli offers to create a Palestinian state.
Peace will be possible if – and only if – the Palestinians begin to accept the fact that the Jewish people have a deep connection to the Land of Israel and a legitimate claim to exercise their right to self-determination in this place. That’s why telling the truth about Israel is not an obstacle to peace. Quite to the contrary, a stubborn insistence on the truth is an absolute prerequisite to peace.
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