ON-Lion Letter
Encounter Books has released David Pryce-Jones’ Betrayal:  France, the Arabs, and the Jews.  In Betrayal, Pryce-Jones examines the history of French foreign policy in the Middle East and the effects of French attitudes towards Islam on all of Europe.  France’s foreign policy, he believes, has been harmful to the Middle East.  Its policies towards Muslims on its own soil, moreover, have been harmful to Europe.

In the Middle East, as Pryce-Jones recounts, France backed Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian cause and supported former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.  It has had a lamentably problematic relationship with Israel.

At home, France once gave safe harbor to Ayatollah Khomenei, who returned to Iran in triumph on a chartered Air France plane, and it has encouraged the mass immigration of Muslims, many of whom are now quite distontent there.

Pryce-Jones has been a senior editor of National Review magazine since 1999.  He has written 12 nonfiction books and nine novels.
 
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.  Encounter’s president and publisher is Roger Kimball, editor of The New Criterion magazine, which is also supported by Bradley.
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