The Angel of Har Megiddo
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For eleven months Israel’s future is in balance; for eleven minutes its redemption hangs in the air. Supreme Court Associate Justice Eleanor Johnson is experiencing the worst eleven months of her life, as hers becomes the casting vote on whether support for Israel violates the American Constitution. Israeli army officer Ehud Shlomo has eleven minutes to prevent a nuclear retaliation against Tehran. In their explosive and interleaved stories of ambition, justice and revenge, how on earth did the future of their nations become their sole burden? How can either of them arbitrate on the fate of millions when all normality is suspended?
The Angel of Har Megiddo is a “fast-paced political thriller” according to an Israeli academic who read an early draft of the novel, and “a magnificent achievement both at the level of fiction and at the level of political analysis of America-Israel-Palestine,” according to Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations at Oxford University. Shlaim adds that ‘at times the tension is almost unbearable.’ Grounded in extensive research into the workings and case history of the US Supreme Court, and in the history of the founding of Israel, the novel provides dramatic insight into the bizarre and deadly relationship between Christian Zionism and the international politics of the Middle East. Does American support for Israel violate the US Constitution? Does it matter for the Palestinians? Both of these questions receive dramatic exposition and detailed historical grounding, leaving the reader to decide. Eleanor’s own fate is bound up with the meaning of the American Constitution and the separation of church and state, while Ehud’s fate is bound up with his growing up as a son of Holocaust survivors slowly learning the fate of the Palestinians his people displaced.
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