The Book of David DAVID HOROWITZ: Dean of United Nations Press Corps and Founder: United Israel World Union

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For 10 years, author Ralph Buntyn spent many hours with renowned United Nations correspondent and United Israel founder David Horowitz.  They engaged in lengthy discussions about his foundational views drawn from his experience and unique vantage point in the two world bodies. The Book of David is based on his personal notes, extensive archival records and reflections from these conversations.

 

 

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 For 10 years, author Ralph Buntyn spent many hours with renowned United Nations correspondent and United Israel founder David Horowitz.  They engaged in lengthy discussions about his foundational views drawn from his experience and unique vantage point in the two world bodies. The Book of David is based on his personal notes, extensive archival records and reflections from these conversations.

 

In Horowitz’s autobiography Thirty-three Candles published in 1956, he wrote: “Thirty-three Candles undoubtedly calls for a sequel because much has occurred on the world scene since 1944, most of it confirming its major thesis. I feel I shall have to bow to this demand.” The Book of David is dedicated to fulfilling Horowitz’s request for an historical accounting of the period that followed. 

“David Horowitz personified the human search for meaning and he pursued it with passion – his vital contributions to the United Nations, his idiosyncratic vision for Israel, his lifelong spiritual journey. One need not subscribe to his mission to admire the man.”

-Robert Lawrence Kuhn, Creator and Host, Closer To Truth

“A remarkable book about an outstanding individual who contributed and achieved so much in so many areas. A ‘must-read’ for anyone who wishes to understand what it means to be a mensch.”

-Barrie Wilson, PhD., Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar,  Jewish Studies, York University Toronto

“This biography of Zionist pioneer David Horowitz, veteran United Nations correspondent, friend of Israeli Prime ministers and Presidents for over 50 years, Nazi hunter, and friend of Israel is long overdue. Ralph Buntyn has done a great service in chronicling Mr. Horowitz’s long career as the first accredited reporter at the United Nations. Horowitz also played a historic role in the 1947 vote for the partition of British Mandate Palestine. In this way, he was instrumental behind the scenes in the creation of the modern state of Israel.”

-Simcha Jacobovici, Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Adjunct Professor, Huntington University, Ontario

“The 20th century is dubbed by many ‘The American Century,’ but in fact it was just as much, if not more, the Jewish Century. On the brink of annihilation after nearly 2000 years of exile, persecutions, and wanderings, culminating in the genocidal crescendo of the Holocaust, the Nation of Israel was reborn in the reestablished State of Israel in 1948. From his writings, to his work at the United Nations, through to his establishment of the United Israel World Union, David Horowitz was present and active at critical junctures in Israel’s relations with the international community throughout the 20th Century. As such, he has been inscribed in the annals of our people, Israel.  Ralph Buntyn’s work has done an extraordinary service to Mr. Horowitz’s indelible legacy.

-Ilan Pomeranc, New York Hotelier and Israeli tech entrepreneur

“Called Israel’s ‘watchman on the wall’ by his peers at the United Nations, David Horowitz is well deserving of his place among the heroes of his people and his journalistic profession. Ralph Buntyn’s ‘The Book of David’ chronicles Horowitz’s exceptional career against the backdrop of an amazing period of history.

-Paul Weinberg, President, Alden Films

“David Horowitz was the institutional memory of the United Nations.”

 -CNS News UN Bureau Chief Serge Beaulieu

 ‘”The Book of David’ is a penetrating and moving portrait of an emblematic 20th century figure: pioneer Zionist and citizen of the world; bridge builder between nations and religions; fighter for justice; foreign correspondent and journalistic mentor; and intimate of the great and powerful, from Enrico Caruso to Benjamin Netanyahu.”        –Vanni Cappelli, President, Afghanistan Foreign Press Association 

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 15

Part One

1. He Walked with Kings and Rulers 19

2. Dialogue with an Arab King 23

3. A Biblical Answer to the UN Controversy over Zion 27

4. When Prophecy Echoed in the White House 33

5. A Decade of Change: The Greatest Generation 37

6. What a Difference a Year Makes! 41

7. Twin Flames of Freedom: An Eternal Bond 45

8. When Israel was a Child… 49

9. The Gathering Storm 55

10. Back to the Desert: War over Suez 59

11. The Ides of April—Twin Anniversary Celebrations 63

12. Out of Africa 67

13. An Iconic Symbol 71

Part Two

14. Bringing the Torah to Harlem 79

15. U.S. and UN: Under New Management 85

16. Remember Amalak: Justice in Ramla 89

17. The Change in Spain 93

18. Among Jethro’s People 97

19. The Strange Saga of “Eddie” Abrahams 103

20. Countdown to War 109

21. And After Six Days… 113

22. Twelve Volatile Months 117

23. An Unseen Hand 123

Part Three

24. Black September 141

25. Unholy Vows 145

26. Massacre at Munich 151

27. Israel’s Day of Infamy 155

28. I am Joseph, Thy Brother 161

29. Waging a New Diplomatic War 167

30. Doing the Right Thing in the White House 171

31. It Happened in the City of David 177

32. Counsel for the Defense 183

33. Breakthrough at Camp David 189

34. Takeover in Tehran 193

Part Four

35. Talking Torah with the Prime Minister 199

36. The High Cost of Peace 205

37. Broken in Beirut 209

38. A Legend says Farewell 215

39. Bibi’s UN Debut 219

40. The Storytellers 225

41. A Century of Liberty’s Light 229

42. An Unheeded Holocaust Warning 233

43. An Historical Presidential Oath 239

Part Five

44. Invasion Kuwait 245

45. A Storm in the Desert 249

46. A Personal Involvement 253

47. An Historic Jubilee Celebration 257

48. A New Beginning 263

49. A Prophet with Honor 267

50. Of Hope and Sorrow 271

51. Bibi’s Big Promotion 275

52. A Meeting with the Prime Minister 281

53. Jubilee! Israel at 50 287

54. Brotherhood of Man 291

Part Six

55. A New Millennium 299

56. Day of Terror 303

57. Witness to a Century 309

58. A Colleague’s Tribute 313

59. Forty Years in Room 373 at the UN with David Horowitz 319

Epilogue 323

Select Bibliography 327

About the Author 329

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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