ON-Lion Letter
In his new Encounter Books paperback The Israel Test: Why the World's Most Besieged State is a Beacon of Freedom and Hope for the World Economy, George Gilder asserts that widespread antagonism towards the state of Israel, like anti-Semitism everywhere, chiefly springs from the envy of superior Jewish accomplishment.  Israel's sudden rise as a world capitalist and technological power, Gilder argues, stems in part from the Jewish "culture of mind" and in part from Judaism itself -- which, "perhaps more than any other religion, favors capitalist activity and provides a rigorous moral framework for it."

Gilder is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle and chairs its Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality.  His previous book Wealth and Poverty is one of the most-influential of our time.

Critics of Israel -- in the United States, in the Middle East, and in Western European nations that are facing Socialist decline -- have failed the "Israel Test," according to Gilder in The Israel Test, because they seek to tear down Israel's success rather than emulate it.  America's ability and desire to defend Israel will define our future survival as a nation.

"If Israel is destroyed," he says, "capitalist Europe will likely die as well, and America, as the epitome of productive and creative capitalism spurred by Jews, will be in jeopardy."

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.  Bradley also supports Gilder's work at the Discovery Institute.
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