Noa Tishby, an Israeli-American actress, producer, activist and one of Israel’s most prominent stars, needs no introduction. Yet we must share hot news about her new book, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth (Simon & Schuster, $27.99), released on April 6, 2021. Tishby has written the first female-authored history of the country, dispelling myths and misconceptions about her homeland.
Who would know better? Tishby was born and raised in Tel Aviv, served for two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a singer in a military band and, as a producer, made history with the sale of In Treatment to HBO, the first Israeli television show to become an American series.
Israel is hot. We promised Tisby and the powers that be at S&S we wouldn’t reveal everything, but some highlights from the book include: Israel addresses:
- Why understanding the history of Israel is crucial to dispelling false narratives about the country and to shaping the nation’s future, and the future of the Middle East.
- How Israel is a multicultural, noisy, and democratic melting pot that promotes and protects gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and religious pluralism in a region dominated by monarchs and theocratic governments hostile to those liberal values. Israel is such a vibrant democracy it is almost ungovernable, as is about to be displayed yet again, in the upcoming elections on March 23, 2021 and the mess which will most likely ensue.
- The origins and historical implications of the modern Zionist movement: how it was created as a movement for Jewish liberation, self-determination, and self-governance in a Jewish, but not an exclusively Jewish, state.
- The Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement’s anti-Semitic roots and how they have been building barriers to peace and dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, not bridges. Tishby also exposes the fact that some of BDS’ most influential funders are linked to supporters of Islamist terror organizations, which are now sponsoring your innocent-looking BDS on Campus campaigns.
- Why the decades-long conflict in the region is not an Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it is an Israeli–Arab world conflict that has been going on for almost a century, since long before the State of Israel was created. Recent developments such as The Abraham Accord are a welcomed regional change which may shift the balance of power for the better.
- How Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been controlling Gaza since 2006 and has built a sophisticated and well-funded network of underground attack tunnels in order to execute terrorist attacks on civilians inside Israel’s borders.
Enough? Nope. Get the book. Read and savor. And understand, better and more fully.