Confronting Jihad

Regular readers of Power Line can’t have missed the fact that in our eyes the editorial page of the Jerusalem Post rivals that of the Wall Street Journal in importance for the perspective it provides on the war we are in. We somehow missed word of the publication in October of the new book by Jerusalem Post editorial page editor Saul Singer, Confronting Jihad: Israel’s Struggle and the World After 9/11.
Mr. Singer asked his publisher to contact us, writing that “the minute I saw your blog I could see it was my kind of place.” We asked Mr. Singer’s publisher for a word from Mr. Singer for Power Line readers, and Mr. Singer has kindly obliged.
“Dear Power Line readers: For over three years, Israel has contended with a campaign of suicide bombings perhaps unique in world history. The over 900 casualties we have suffered are the per capita equivalent of about 50,000 Americans, or about 16 9/11s. The connection between the jihad against Israel and the global jihad against America is often alluded to, but rarely examined in any depth, and usually misunderstood.
Confronting Jihad: Israel’s Struggle and the World After 9/11 contends that the Arab-Israeli conflict and America’s war against terrorism are parts of the same war, and that each cannot be won without winning the other. The essays in the book were written in real time over the past three years, in my capacity as Editorial Page Editor and columnist for the Jerusalem Post. They argue that jihad can be defeated, and describe how America and Israel can, each in its own way, pursue a common strategy toward essentially eliminating the scourge of terrorism. I hope you enjoy the book.”
We commend the book to your attention and will provide our own take on it as soon as we have had a chance to read it. In the meantime, Mr. Singer has directed us to this notice from Israel Insider: “Interesting times and prescient wisdom.”


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