Reading

Visit Israel without leaving your favorite easy chair.

Our synagogue library is a wonderful resource. It contains a great collection of works on Israel and Zionism. For that matter, so does the Morristown/Township and County Libraries. For starters these are all pretty easy to read.

  1. A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time by Howard M. Sachar. The very best place to start.
  2. The Israelis by Donna Rosenthal.  A wonderful introduction to the many subgroups that make up Israeli society. 
  3. O Jerusalem by Larry Collins and Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. Tells the story of independence with a bias towards the Labor perspective.
  4. Days of Fire by Samuel Katz (out of print, but the synagogue and public library have copies). Same story, opposite perspective.
  5. The Revolt by Menachem Begin. Same story, but somewhat personal.
  6. The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace by Dennis Ross. The story of the 2000 Camp David talks, well told by the lead negotiator.
  7. The Hebrew Republic: How Secular Democracy and Global Enterprise Will Bring Israel Peace At Last by Bernard Avishai. Very recent and very interesting.
  8. Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Michael B. Oren.
  9. 1949: The First Israelis by Tom Segev. Tells a very different story of the founding years of the state.
  10. Home to Stay and Saving Israel, both by Daniel Gordis.  The very insightful thoughts of an American Rabbi who has emigrated to Israel.
  11. Rightous Victims:  A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict and 1948: A History of the First Arab Israeli War, both by Benny Morris.  Professor Morris is one of Israel’s “New Historians” who have help separate the facts from the myths in the nation’s history.
  12. One State, Two States by Benny Morris.  “A rich and persuasive account of just how deep-seated and historically rooted the antagonism is between Israelis and Palestinians.”
  13. The Case for Israel by Alan M. Dershowitz.
  14. Perfidy by Ben Hecht. The Kastner affair is a defining moment in early Israeli history.  An unsettling Holocaust story.   (for extra credit)