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Maurice A. Williams
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A Novel of Post Israel
Enfold Me was released to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of the 1967 six day war. The story line starts out with a massive earthquake that occurred about a year before the start of the novel and struck the Rosh HaAyin area. Israel immediately deployed 75% of its military forces to dig through the rubble and rescue as many as possible. The damage stretched as far as Tel Aviv. Iran, noticing most of Israeli defense forces bogged down in the rescue effort, seized the opportunity to launch a surprise attack on Israel through Lebanon, conquered “Northern Liberated Palestine,” and set up a dystopian state which stretches from the northern border south to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee.
Another neighboring Arab country invaded Israel from the West Bank and established Islamic control in that area, which they named “Central Liberated Palestine.” The Egyptians invaded from the south to set up a protectorate from Ashkelon to Haifa. Even though they claimed they established a protectorate, the Egyptians nevertheless plundered and transferred Israeli wealth to Egypt. Conditions are not good in conquered Israel!
The Islamic conquerors reduced non-believers (Jews, Christians, and Druze) to Dhimma, which are second-class citizens. Dhimmas are forced to wear armbands and have far less access to the resources in the country. They also have to endure humiliating rituals bent on denigrating them and even slaughtering them at will. The author describes brutal scenes of humiliating rituals and even murder inflicted on the helpless Dhimmas.
The main protagonists in the novel are Daniel Blum and George Farrah, a US defense contractor. The fall of Israel rips Daniel, his wife Shira and their two children Alon and Lirob from their peaceful suburban life and Daniel’s scientific career working in the Nes Ziona research lab. He had been working for IIBR on a virus that can alter the function of Sertoli Cells that control the production of male sperm. Uprooted from their peaceful lives and now subjected to harassment and possible murder, Daniel and George secretly make their way to Tel Aviv, sometimes crawling through tunnels, in order to find the ruins of the Nes Ziona research facility where Daniel had been working on a secret military project crucial to the future of Israel, one that could affect the population ratios in the Middle East.
I searched The Internet to see if the author’s references to place names and technical terms are generally known. They are. The main premise of the novel, the presumed Israeli research to alter the racial densities of the region, I think, is most likely fictional. Fictional or not, an adventure novel that suggests Israeli research for a biological weapon like this does not help the animosity that is already widespread in that part of the world.
The author describes some brutal scenes that include many episodes of barbarity inflicted upon the conquered Israelis. He also describes scenes of senseless barbarity the protagonist witnessed that were inflicted upon blacks in the United States in the 1980s during his college days. These scenes of barbarity, and the profanity the author uses to describe some of them, sets a harsh tone for the novel.
The trigger for the fall of Israel, a massive earthquake, causes the Israeli government to deploy most of its armed forces to rescue survivors. The earthquake presumes that God has forsaken Israel. When Iran rushes in to conquer Israel, there is no intervention by The United States or any western nation to stand by Israel even though the western nations, particularly the United States, had always pledged to defend the sovereignty of Israel. Instead, all the western nations abandon Israel. The author does not describe any international humanitarian effort to help the victims who are, in effect, ignored by the rest of the world. Then add to all of this the dangerously provocative and totally unjustifiable research that had been going on in Israel and you have a gloomy, depressing story that presents no shred of hope for anyone in the region.
The author derives the title Enfold Me from a modern Hebrew poem. Nowhere in his book does the author mention scripture or God in any substantive way. Sad, because most of the people in the Middle East adhere to one of the three great religions derived from the covenant Abraham made with the Most High God, the God who is all merciful, compassionate, and who loves all humans intensely. I wonder how the world would be if most humans in the Middle East loved that one God in return and tried to comply with his will.
Enfold Me presents an image of the Middle East where people ignore God and continue hating each other, a somber, depressing, and hopeless image that doesn’t inspire me with any confidence for the future.
Maurice A. Williams
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