Here's the audio: Download doregold21.mp3 run time 45 minutes
Once again, the indispensible Alan over One Jerusalem.org has put together a blogger interview withAmbassador Gold to discuss his must read new book The Fight For Jerusalem. Joining us was Ed Lasky of American Thinker, Pastorius from CUANAS, Omri from Mere Rhetoric, Anne from the wonderful Boker Tov Boulder, Avi Green from Tel Chai Nation, Meryl at Meryl Yourish.com, Bennett of Dale Damos, David from Soccer Dad (speaking of the Soccer Dad, he provided us with links to background here and here),
Jerusalem has always been at the heart of the battle between Islam and the West.
From the Crusades until today, expansionist Islam has understood the significance of resting control over Jerusalem. For them, taking Jerusalem is tantamount to driving a spear into the heart of Judeo-Christian civilization.
Dore Gold's new book is a brilliant historical and contemporary analysis of The Fight For Jerusalem.
Dore has unearthed facts, quotes,and photographs that give positive proof that Jerusalem is a primary target of our enemies. This is a must read for policy makers, bloggers, elected officials, reporters, and everyone else who cares about the future of the West.
In fighting the denial of temple (an historical lie repeatedly made famous by Yassar Arafat), the first thing Gold has done in the fight for Jerusalem is to assemble the historical data on which the Jews base their stake in Jerusalem. He authenticates to the world that we existed in Jerusalem and even then the Jews were a proud, self governing state.
A withdrawal from Jerusalem would empower radical Islam. "Terrorism is not based on political grievance."
Prevailing wisdom says if Israel gives land back the terrorists will stop. But just the opposite is the case. Jihadi terrorism comes from a sense of victory. The founding of al qaeda came from the perceived Jihadi victory in Afghanistan against the Soviet Union.
Withdrawal from Jerusalem would result in a terror tsunami.
I kicked off the Q&A with the perceived powerlessness of the people of Israel in the ongoing hostilities in the Islamic/Israeli was. There is an obvious unhappiness and acute frustration with the current Olmert administration - what is happening, what action will th people be taking. Why the impotence.
Ambassador Gold said after Olso, Gaza and all the land givebacks - attempts to make peace with the Palestinian Arabs - have resulted in greater bloodshed. He said he believed the people of Israel are confused. They have suffered a "period of confusion. Now is the time for the people of Israel get back to their roots and reclaim their pioneering spirit. Stand up for Israel. This was a large part of the reason he wrote the book.
"Investment in Abbas is a wasted investment."
"Withdrawals have led to preconditions for a new war"
"Giving back Gaza created an new al qaeda sanctuary in Gaza."
In 1863, the Jews were the majority in Jerusalem. Before the British empire, before Balfour .........according to the British Foreign office, there were 15,000 residents in Jerusalem - 8,000 wer Jews. Jerusalem was a Jewish city even then in 1863.
Gold is very smart and the audio must be listened to. His encyclopediac knowledge of Middle Eastern history gives enormous weight to his take on modern day Israel and the facts on the ground in the Islamic war on the West. It is Gold's approach that I believe should prevail in Israel (and the West.)
The Fight For Jerusalem. Buy the book now so that when I interview him on my show Tuesday you can call with questions that matter. It seems to me the fight for Jerusalem is much bigger than Jerusalem, it is the fight we are all in. The fight for the West.