William G Baker, a Near East expert, university professor, retired military intelligence officer, native Arabic and Hebrew linguist, and author, answers the following questions in this book:
• What was the Diaspora and why were Jews persecuted?
• What is Zionism and by what authority was modern Israel established?
• How was modern Israeli culture reconstituted and the Hebrew language revived?
• What were the Arab-Israeli wars?
• Who is Israel’s new existential threat?
• Who were the Hebrews, Judahites, and Israelites?
• When did they rule the land of Israel, who ended their rule and renamed it Palestine?
The book examines the gathering of millions of Jews into a cohesive, new, contemporary Jewish-Israeli society and its development of a strong military, which has made Israel a regional superpower. It also explores the Palestinian narrative and objection to Israel’s creation.
This is the first single text that covers the historical span of the Hebrew-Israelite-Judahite-Jewish-Israeli narrative from its ethnogenesis in antiquity to its rebirth in modernity.