The Jerusalem Inception
By Avraham Azrieli
CreateSpace, 2011, 370 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - August 1, 2012
Avraham Azrieli's suspenseful action thriller is an engrossing read and compares favorably with the novels by John Le Carre, Tom Clancy, and Lee Child. The book focuses on the events in Israel just prior to and during the "Six Day War" when Israel destroyed Egypt's air force and defeated the overwhelming odds of several Arab countries. Azrieli offers us an exciting imaginative drama, based on facts, on how they did it.
Besides the Israeli leadership, four people stand out. Tanya Galinski is a young Jewish girl, age 17 in 1944, who is saved from death by a Nazi general when she is 13, and who became his devoted mistress. Abraham Gerster is the handsome son of a rabbi, age 18. Elie Weiss, whose father was a ritual slaughterer, is about the same age. He carries his father's sharp knife and uses it to slaughter people rather than animal. The parents of the three were butchered by the Nazis. Abraham and Elie escape the Nazis, kill many German soldiers, as well as Tanya's lover. She and Abraham fall in love and begin a torrid love affair.
The general had stolen an enormous fortune from Jews and hid the large sum. Tonya has information about the money, but refuses to tell Elie about it. He knows she has the information. He wants to use the money to finance a war against the people who are harming Jews. After a battle with German soldiers, Elie, a schemer, liar, and manipulator, lies to both Tanya and Abraham and tells each that the other is dead.
Twenty-one years later, in 1965 and later in 1967, the three are working, each in their own way, to help the new State of Israel, reestablished in 1948. Tonya and Abraham still don't know that the other is alive, and are still being manipulated by Elie. Although he has lost his faith due to the holocaust, Abraham with Elie's guidance has maneuvered to become the leader of the most ultra-Orthodox sect in Jerusalem, men and women who dislike the reborn State because they would only accept a Jewish State if God gave it to them. Elie gives Abraham the goal is to control them and stop them from destroying Israel. Tanya is working for the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, to secure information about the Arabs and the UN general who is illegally assisting them. Elie heads an unofficial secret agency that reports directly to the Israeli Prime Minister. He continues to lie and connive, even with the Prime Minister. His main goal is still to get information about the fortune from Tanya by any means. Abraham marries and has a son who he names Jerusalem. This fourth main character will also be manipulated by Elie and become his principle agent.
Thus, the title of the book, "The Jerusalem Inception," highlights adventures of the "Six Day War" and the rebirth of Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, and the birth and manipulation through lies of Abraham's son, Jerusalem, as an agent for his country.