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Now that the Arab-Israeli conflict is fueled by Muslim hatred of the Jews, what started as a political dispute has transformed into an out-and-out religious war

Death to the Infidels

For more than a century, much of the attention given to the Middle East has focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Political conflicts can be resolved through compromise; however, peace has proven elusive because the central element of the conflict is religion. The Iranian Revolution and the subsequent rise of radical Muslim groups, from al-Qaeda and Hamas to Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, have transformed the nature of the conflict between Israel and its neighbors. For these Islamists, dividing “Palestine” is not an option because of  a refusal to tolerate Jews ruling over Muslims and a rejection of Jewish claims to self-determination on “Islamic land.”

Now more far-reaching than ever, this Islamic-Jewish conflict is not simply confined to the Middle East. Muslim terrorist attacks have been directed at Jews all around the world, from Europe to Asia to Latin America. Radical Muslims in countries throughout Europe are becoming more brazen, particularly in France, where Muslims constitute nearly 10 percent of the population.

Death to the Infidels documents the growth of radical Islam in the Middle East and how it has transformed a political conflict into a one-sided religious war, pitting radical Muslims against Jews in Israel—and around the world. Bard exposes the implications of this shift, the most important being the limitation of prospects for long-term peace between Israel and its neighbors, and the expectation of the radicals that the destruction of Israel is just the first step toward creating a global Muslim empire.

 


What Reviewers Say About Death to the Infidels


"Mitchell Bard's bracing book deepens our understanding of the situation facing Israel, and thus lays the basis for a realistic path forward for Israel and its friends."

William Kristol
Editor, The Weekly Standard 


"Bard’s nuanced account of the central role radical Islam plays in the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian conflict is essential reading for all who crave peace with security for Israel.  He makes it clear that it will not be easy to achieve a total peace but he points the way to a possible pragmatic rapprochement."

Alan M. Dershowitz
Author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law


"In Death to the Infidels, Mitchell Bard gets to the heart of the under-discussed but critically important transformation of what we still think of as the "Arab-Israel conflict" into the Islamic jihad against the Jewish state. The failure of policymakers to recognize the shift has led to the stubborn maintenance of policies of conflict management that are far less relevant today than they may have been four decades ago. This is an important book, and it comes at a pivotal moment in Middle Eastern history."

Caroline B. Glick
senior contributing editor to The Jerusalem Post
and author of The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East.


"Mitchell Bard threads an enormous amount of information into powerful focus, creating a tectonic shift in understanding."

Edwin Black
New York Times bestselling author of IBM and the Holocaust and War Against the Weak


"Mitchell Bard's Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam's War Against the Jews, is an information packed history of the Israeli/Arab conflict. Bard makes the argument that Muslim states, particularly those who are radical will stop at nothing to see Jews wiped from the face of the Earth. I was gripped with the intensity with which the Israeli Jews fear for their lives."

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