We refuse to see Muslims as they see themselves. Much hope has been placed in an eventual normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia. On July 15th, President Biden travelled to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to help cement relations between the two countries and to find another source to lower the cost of gas for Americans […]
About Harold Rhode
About Harold Rhode
One of the finest objective experts on Islam, Harold Rhode is a protégé of the great scholar and historian of the Middle East, Bernard Lewis, and former senior official in the Pentagon, who has dedicated his life to exploring Islam and its historical richness. As a young student, Harold lived and studied in Iran, Turkey, and many parts of the Arab world. As a Pentagon official working in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harold observed the reemergence of Islam and the threat that it would pose to liberal democracies around the world.
Rhode—nearly three decades of Pentagon service later, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute in New York, and Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs—sees clearly that the conflict between Islam and the West is far from over. From an Islamic point of view, such conflict can only end when the entire world converts to Islam. Notwithstanding the complete subjugation of the West, we will remain locked in an unending power struggle, unless the Muslims reexamine their sources and devise ways to live with non-Muslims. This amounts to nothing short of a "Thought Revolution” within Islam, one that is devoted to reforming its radical conceptions and casting aside calls for the destruction of the West. Sadly, this seems unlikely for the foreseeable future.
In the West, many progressives fail to appreciate religion, so they are incapable of comprehending the theological roots of these Islamic threats; what's more, they remain unable to imagine or combat them. The key to our success, Rhode contends, is rooted precisely in understanding the nature of Islamic violence—not as it has arisen these past 30 years (whether in the form of state-sponsored terrorism, mass murder, beheadings, rape or slavery), but rather how these crimes against humanity are being perpetrated in Mohammed’s name, since Islam was founded over fourteen centuries ago.
While remaining true to the principles of liberal democracy, in the spirit of his mentor, Bernard Lewis, Rhode grapples with Islam’s history and culture, and finds why so many of its adherents are committed to conquering and destroying the West. Harold's analysis and recommendations are honest attempts to understand the basis of Islam—in the hope that they will allow those who are confused to see the danger Islam poses to freedom and liberty around the world, and to show those have suffered under the terrible oppression caused by Islam what must be done to take a stand against it.
Entries by Harold Rhode
Muslims are usually determined to avenge humiliation, and they know how to be patient. Most non-Muslims have difficulty understanding why they are not allowed to enter Mecca. Israeli journalist Gil Tamari certainly appears to have lacked understanding when he secretly entered the city after covering U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, causing […]
The Saudis authorized a group of Israeli reporters to come to Saudi Arabia to cover President Joe Biden’s visit last week. This was clearly another sign of the warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. It is in this context that we must understand how shameful it was for one of those Israeli journalists—Gil Tamari—to […]
Listen to One Israel Fund’s interview with Eve Harow featuring Harold Rhode and Marc Provisar on the effect of the Israel-UAE Abraham Agreement. ©Harold Rhode. All rights reserved. RELATED ARTICLES: Iran Responds To Bahrain And UAE Normalization With Israel: Israel’s Destruction Is Near, The Gulf State Regimes Are In Danger Al-Aqsa Mosque Lesson By […]
The late Prof. Bernard Lewis used to say: “Islam enjoys an immunity from criticism that Christianity has lost and Judaism never had.” And it is that context that we should understand Turkish Pres. Erdogan’s lashing out at French Pres. Macron’s defense of free speech in France – even if that means criticism of Islam. If […]