Israel was born in battle. As the Jewish nation celebrated it 50th anniversary it paid tribute to the men and women who created it--dreamers, visionaries, political leaders, and pioneers. but most of all, the State of Israel owes its existence and its survival to its fighters, who risked or even sacrificed their lives for the rebirth of the nation. This book, from the testimony of Israel's most renowned political, military, and cultural leaders, is a celebration of its most courageous men and women. In every generation and on every battlefield that mark the history of modern Israel, heroes have risen with the courage to take the lead--exemplary figures who redeemed a nation yet asked nothing for themselves, not gratitude or compensation, honor or glory. This book is dedicated to these extraordinary personalities as well as everyday people, who fell in combat or on Israel's secret fronts and to those still alive today. It is also dedicated tot he spirit of these lionhearts, to those qualities of self-sacrifice for a common humanity without which no people can exist. Four Israeli presidents, three prime ministers, and ten cabinet ministers, as well as Knesset members, generals, writers, scholars, and artists joined together to write the saga of the Lions of Israel celebrated in these pages. Protagonists include Sarah Aharonson, a daring female spy in Turkish-controlled Palestine during World War I; Meir Har-Zion, the paratrooper who in the years after independence trained and led into battle the boldest Israeli soldiers; Eli Cohen, the audacious secret agent executed by Syria; Colonel Yoni Netanyahu, the brother of the current prime minister who was killed while leading the legendary hostage rescue at Entebbe; and dozens more, sons and daughters of Israel who did not hesitate to risk their lives for the sake of a free nation. The stories here read like King David's Mighty Men in the Old Testament, LIONHEARTS now as then!
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the nation's founding, Israel's Defense Ministry assembled a special committee to pay tribute to 22 of its greatest soliders and secret agents.
The biographical sketches in Lionhearts are written by several Israeli luminaries, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his predecessors Itzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres. Here you will learn of WWI spy Sarah Aharanson; Dov Cohen, who died in a 1947 assault by resistance fighters on a British prison; Marcelle Ninio, an Israeli spy who spent 14 years in Egyptian prisons; Colonel Yoni Netanyahu, the late brother of the prime minister, who was killed while leading the 1976 rescue operation at Entebbe. From turn-of-the-century efforts to establish a Jewish state to the current war against terrorism, Lionhearts presents a roster of valor and sacrifice toward the ultimate goal of stability and peace.From Kirkus Reviews:
Sometimes reading like official government propaganda for the 50th anniversary of Israeli statehood, Bar-Zohar's collection of paeans to Zionist sacrifice and courage nonetheless forms an impressive statement about a beleaguered people's will to exist. A bestseller in Israel, Bar-Zohars anthology of biographical essays covers a century of brave actions. Heroes before the founding of the State of Israel include soldier and pioneer Joseph Trumpeldor, whose celebrated quotation ``It is good to die for our country'' has echoed down through Israeli history. Other ``trailblazers'' of the years 18971939 and wartime heroes 19391947 are Sarah Aronson of the underground organization known as NILI; British captain Orde Wingate, who told his men, ``You are the first soldiers of the Jewish army''; Hannah Senesh, who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Hungary; and the Warsaw Ghetto fighter Morechai Anielewicz. To the anthology's credit, both women and men are represented, as well as non-warrior's (like Janusz Korczak, the ``father to orphans'' who perished in Treblinka death camp) and the little-known, like Meir ``Zaro'' Zorea, the farmer turned reluctant fighter and politician, who is Israel's equivalent of the emperor Cincinnatus. Most of the writers of these biographical sketches are familiar, and several are major war heroes and/or political leaders, including Raful Eitan, Itzhak Navon, Shevach Weiss, Itzhak Shamir, Uzi Narkiss, Zevulun Hammer, Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, Chaim Herzog, Ezer Weizmann, Ehud Barak, Avigdor Kahalani, and Benjamin Netanyahu. Some of the author-subject match-ups are intriguing, such as having Shimon Peres write about Entebbe rescue hero Yoni Netanyahu, who's brother (Benjamin) beat Peres at the polls. The reader who makes it through these 50 biographies gets a front-row view of the struggles and sacrifices that have contributed to Israels improbable survival. (photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Warner Books, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0446523585
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