The Israel Test

by George F. Gilder

Book, 2009

Barcode

123459825

Call number

866 GIL

Collection

Publication

[Minneapolis, MN] : Richard Vigilante Books, c2009.

Description

Gilder reveals Israel as a leader of human civilization, technological progress, and scientific advances. He postulates that Israel is a crucial battlefield for capitalism and freedom in our time.

Media reviews

After the probably trillions of words that have been devoted to the Israel/Arab conflict, it is no small achievement to approach the matter from a unique vantage point. Gilder’s thesis is this: Today’s hatred of Israel is feeding off the same poison that has nourished anti-Semitism throughout

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history — envy, resentment, and misunderstanding of economics. Gilder asks: “Are you for civilization or barbarism, life or death, wealth or envy? Are you an exponent of excellence and accomplishment or of a leveling creed of troglodytic frenzy and hatred?” . . .

In addition to his guided tour through Israel’s equivalent of Silicon Valley, Gilder also provides a taut and clarifying economic and political history of the modern Middle East. The economic piece is key, because Israelis have created prosperity wherever they have touched ground in that otherwise listless part of the globe. And Arabs have responded by flooding into areas they previously disdained after Israelis made them habitable, even desirable. It was so in the Yishuv (the new Jewish settlements in the Holy Land starting in the 1880s). And after Israel reluctantly took control of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, the economy in the territories became one of the most dynamic on earth, posting 30 percent annual growth. The Arab population, along with per capita income, tripled.

Arabs are and have always been in a position to share in the wealth created by Israel — and to create their own. But they have flunked the “Israel Test” by choosing envy and hatred. It’s a test the outcome of which, Gilder persuasively argues, will determine our own future as well. Gilder has always been right. Read the book.

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ISBN

0980076358 / 9780980076356
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