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 political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, the new book Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny by Ambassador Dennis Ross and David Makovsky 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 in 1948. Over the next sixty years, each experienced moments when the country's existence was directly imperiled. In those moments, Israel needed extraordinary acts of leadership and strategic judgment to secure its future, and these leaders rose to the occasion. The strength they showed allowed them to prevail.
Today, Israel may be on the verge of sacrificing the essential character that its greatest citizens fought to secure. This is the story of that epic struggle.
David Makovsky is the Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is also an adjunct professor in Middle East studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2013–2014, he worked in the Office of the US Secretary of State, serving as a senior advisor to the Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.
Makovsky will also appear at the Peninsula JCC on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:30 PM. For more info, click here.
This program is a collaboration between the Z3 Project, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, East Bay JCC, the Peninsula JCC, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The University of California, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, and Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies
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