The timing of the release of Damascus Countdown this week has been interesting as the media is filled with stories about U.S.-Israeli relations, the Iranian nuclear threat, the bloody chaos in Syria, and the growing prospect of an Israeli preemptive strike and another war in the epicenter. As such, in the midst of radio and TV interviews this week, I’ve been staying in touch with several key Middle East experts, including a former CIA Director and two current Members of the House Intelligence Committee, to keep up with fast-moving developments and provide what I hope is careful, thoughtful analysis. I’m currently drafting several op-eds based on these discussions, and will post these once they are published.
This morning, I’m grateful to be able to announce the endorsement of two good friends and renowned diplomatic and military experts. I first met Danny Ayalon when he was the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Over the last four years, he has served with distinction as Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister and we’ve become good friends during this time. He spoke at the 2011 Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem and gave a really fascinating and helpful presentation on the state of affairs in the Middle East. Three-star U.S. General Jerry Boykin and I became friends when he was serving as a senior official in the Pentagon. Since retiring from the Army, he, too, has been an excellent speaker at several of our Epicenter Conferences. Their insights have always proven very useful to me, and I’m deeply grateful for their support for my books.
“I’ve loved reading Joel Rosenberg’s books in the past — Epicenter especially comes to mind — and I can’t wait to read this new one, Damascus Countdown. Joel is a stalwart and faithful friend of the State of Israel. He’s a good personal friend. And he’s a great writer. He understands the grave dangers posed by Iran and Syria, and he’s been a bold and courageous voice for true peace and security in the Middle East. If you haven’t read his work yet, I hope you will.”
— Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister
“Joel Rosenberg is the most knowledgeable and well-rounded author in America today regarding the realities of current events in the Mideast, North Africa, and the Persian Gulf. In fact, Joel is a true authority on the geopolitics and history of those regions, and speaks extensively about the serious threats that the Radical elements of Islam present to America and our close ally, Israel….Joel has an incredible ability to write both fiction and non-fiction in a way that the reader senses that they are part of the plot and often, on the front line. If you want to get a better understanding of what is unfolding in the ‘epicenter’ of today’s world, let Joel take you on an incredible and exciting journey.”
— Lt.-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, former commander of Delta Force and former U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
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