Life Imitates Fuchs: Ops v1 and Israel
So. Not for the first time, current events have caught up with my stories. (“Torn from the headlines,” as they say. Indeed.) Savvy readers have already guessed the subtitle of the forthcoming first ARISEN : Operators book, The Fall of the Third Temple, is a reference to Israel. The First and Second Temples in Jerusalem were destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and the Romans in 70 AD, respectively, sending the Jews of ancient Israel into an exile that lasted 2,000 years – until the foundation of the modern state of Israel in 1948. “The Third Temple” is basically a very freighted and resonant way to refer to that state. It's also what Moshe Dayan warned was going to fall, almost exactly 50 years ago, when it was surprise-attacked and nearly overrun in the Yom Kippur War.
So. Here we are again.
Basically, the entire first half of this book takes place in Israel – one that is falling. It not only opens with a mass-murdering rampage terror attack on a kibbutz on the Gaza border, but even includes our heroine and her team of IDF special operators going into the Strip, on a death-defying ground incursion. I mean, it's really uncanny. Obviously, I've been planning this book for years, and story-designing and writing it since the beginning of this year. Then again, I guess it was always the case that the conflict could kick off again at pretty much any time.
A portion of the earnings from this book will be, and was always going to be – I had it locked into the back of the book like eight weeks ago – donated to Friends of the IDF, a nonpolitical charity which provides for the wellbeing of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), veterans, and family members. Established by Holocaust survivors, FIDF awards scholarships, supports lone soldiers (those with no immediate family in Israel to rely upon), and helps wounded soldiers and bereaved families. FIDF has received the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for 11 years in a row – a feat accomplished by only 2% of charities.
I'm now doubling the proportion I was originally going to contribute.
And, right now, all contributions are being matched 100% by a private donor, so if you want to contribute, too, now's the time of their greatest need.
I'll also now be contributing an equal amount to Save the Children's Gaza Appeal. Many hundreds of civilians have already been killed in Gaza, thousands wounded, and hundreds of thousands displaced, in a terrible humanitarian crisis that disproportionately affects the 50% of Gazans that are children. Save the Children has had a permanent presence in Gaza since 1973, does critical work, and needs our help to support all children affected by violence.
As a final note, I'm worried that the timing of this launch will look like I'm exploiting the tragedy. (I'm almost equally worried that the timing will help the launch.) But I'm not going to change the schedule, which has been in the pipe for many months. Longtime readers (particularly of my book Counter-Assault) will know that I've been a lifetime supporter of the people and state (and military personnel) of Israel, for reasons that have always seemed to me extremely compelling. I hope and believe this new book – based on a lifetime of research – will provide you all with a compelling insider's look at Israel and the IDF and its special operations forces, at a time when they really need our understanding and support.
Friday 20 October 2023