In Defense of Israel: A Memoir of a Political Life by Moshe ArensIn Defense of Israel: A Memoir of a Political Life by Moshe Arens

In Defense of Israel: A Memoir of a Political Life

byMoshe Arens

Paper over Board | February 6, 2018

Pricing and Purchase Info

$28.88 online 
$32.99 list price save 12%
Earn 144 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


The revealing memoir of one of Israeli's most respected statesmen.

Moshe Arens is one of the last surviving members of the founding generation of Israelis. He is a political insider who has worked with every Israeli prime minister from Menachem Begin to Benjamin Netanyahu, serving in a variety of important positions, including foreign minister and defense minister.

He has also enjoyed an exceptionally close life-long relationship with the United States: he attended high school in New York and colleges in Massachusetts and California, married an American, and served as Israel's ambassador to the United States.

In this memoir, Arens recounts his early role in the birth of Israel and developing Israel's aerospace industry, followed by a long and distinguished political career that included service at the very top of Israel's government for the better part of three decades. Arens advocated relentlessly throughout his political career for his vision of an Israel strong enough to withstand all challenges in its volatile neighborhood.

In Defense of Israelvividly recounts the many battles Arens fought in the political arena, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The latter included his strong opposition to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank-an action that led to the takeover of Gaza by Hamas.

Anyone interested in Israel's place within the contemporary Middle East, including Israel's relationship with the United States, will find this memoir informative, even eye-opening, and often provocative.

Moshe Arensand his family escaped the Holocaust and emigrated to the United States in 1939. He was a member of Israel's independence movement and moved to Israel in 1948 during Israel's War of Independence. An aeronautical engineer educated at MIT and the California Institute of Technology, he headed Israel's aerospace program before h...
Title:In Defense of Israel: A Memoir of a Political LifeFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 6, 2018Publisher:Brookings Institution PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0815731418

ISBN - 13:9780815731412

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents



1. Rumbula

2. Betar

3. The Irgun

4. From Ramat Raziel to M'vo'ot Betar

5. Engineer

6. Politics

7. Ambassador

8. Defense Minister

9. National Unity Government

10. Foreign Minister

11. Defense Minister Again

12. Researching the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising



Editorial Reviews

Moshe Arens tells a moving story of a life of purpose. An early disciple of Jabotinsky, he made aliya to the new-born Jewish state. As an aeronautics engineer, head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ambassador to the United States, and three times Israel's defense minister, he took part in many of the pivotal events that shaped Israel's history. In recent years, he devoted his efforts to doing justice for the forgotten heroes of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. His autobiography is clear, penetrating, and fair-minded, reflecting the man himself and the manner in which he selflessly devoted his life to the defense of the Jewish state and the Jewish people. This is an important book.-Benjamin Netanyahu, Primary Minister of Israel