(JNS.org) A book on Jerusalem by Dore Gold, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is being published in Chinese and will soon hit the shelves in Beijing.
“The Fight for Jerusalem: Radical Islam, the West, and the Future of the Holy City” explains Israel’s historical links and legal rights to Jerusalem, and emphasizes the need to keep the city united and under Israeli sovereignty. The book, first published in 2007, made The New York Times bestseller list.
Gold is the former Israeli ambassador to the U.N. and current president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). The request to translate his book to Chinese was born out of a 2012 visit from the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee to the JCPA.
The book passed through the usually rigorous review process of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s publishing house, the World Affairs Press, without being changed or edited.
“The timing of the book’s release is especially important with the growing interest from China in the Middle East and its future role in the region,” Gold told Israel Hayom. “Regardless of what happens with the diplomatic process, Israel needs to defend its essential interests in the international arena.”