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In the Lion's Den

Israel and the World

Foreword by Nikki Haley
Published by Wicked Son
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Israeli statesman and former UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, presents a compelling vision of Israel’s future as a major player on the global stage.

In the Lion’s Den lays out a roadmap for Israel’s future on the regional and global stage by a man who has spent his entire career in his nation’s public service. Danny Danon was Israel’s 17th Permanent Representative to the United Nations and has been a member of the Knesset as well as Minister of Science, Technology and Space, and Deputy Minister of Defense.

Danon concisely lays out an ambitious and forthright plan for an Israeli policy agenda that can secure the country’s future and make it a major contributor to global peace and prosperity. Danon makes a compelling case for an Israel that must be proud of its identity and faith; forges relationships with diverse peoples, regimes, and countries; makes autonomous domestic decisions; and determines its foreign policy without seeking approval from foreign powers or international bodies.

The book begins with a concise explanation of why people beyond the borders of this tiny nation should care about its survival—especially Americans.

Next, Danon argues that a strong foundation for policy and security is built upon a victory mindset. He follows this with a strong case for creating allies wherever they may be found. However, while friendships are important, Israel must also be willing to go it alone.

A foreign policy that is agile and flexible is also necessary—and for that, Danon says preparation and readiness are requisite. Showing and sharing your strengths is a far-reaching way to secure the nation, and Israel’s advancements in medicine, technology, and cutting edge scientific research position it to do so.

Finally, Israel must always commit itself to fighting the scourge of anti-Semitism across the globe.

Ambassador Danny Danon served as Israel’s 17th Permanent Representative to the United Nations in October 2015, and served in that position for five years. He has also served as Chairman of World Likud, Member of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors, and Chairman of the World Betar.

Danny was a member of Knesset from February 2009 to August 2015. He served as Deputy Speaker of the 18th Knesset, as Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs. He also served as Deputy Minister of Defense in the 32nd government. In the 33rd Israeli government, he served as Minister of Science, Technology and Space, serving until his appointment as Israel Ambassador to the United Nations.

Danny holds a BA in International Relations, F.I.U. (Magna Cum Laude), from Florida International University, and an MA in Public Policy and Public Administration from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Law School. He completed his IDF service with the rank of Lieutenant. He is married and the father of three.

Born in 1971 in Ramat Gan, Israel, he attended Blich High School and participated in the Betar youth movement.

Danon is also the author of Israel: The Will to Prevail.