David Rubin is a former mayor of Shiloh, Israel—in the region of Samaria, known to much of the world as the West Bank. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund (SICF) —dedicated to healing the trauma of children who have been victims of terrorist attacks, as well as rebuilding the biblical heartland of Israel. SICF was established after Rubin and his three-year-old son were wounded in a vicious terrorist attack while driving home from Jerusalem. The toddler was shot in the head, but the bullet fired from an AK-47 assault rifle missed his brain stem by one millimeter. Rubin vowed to retaliate—not with hatred, nor with anger, but with compassion—in order to affect positive change for Israel and its children. He established a network of therapeutic, educational, and recreational programs that have profoundly impacted thousands of young lives, while simultaneously changing the political landscape, as Israel’s historic places are being rebuilt.
As the organization’s activities have grown, David Rubin has become an address for those who want to learn the facts on the ground in Israel, without the distortions about Israel and the Middle East that too often are the norm in much of the mainstream media.
In 2007, Rubin published his first book, God, Israel, and Shiloh: Returning to the Land, which tells the amazing story of the very human struggles and triumphs of Israel’s complex history, dating back to slavery in Egypt and continuing up to the present. He describes Israel’s miraculous return to its biblical heartland, and the subsequent challenge of its residents to rebuild, despite the constant threat of terrorism and the trauma of the many terrorist attacks that have traumatized their communities. Rubin’s second book, published in October of 2010, was the groundbreaking The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama, which boldly exposed the danger to Israel, America and Judeo-Christian civilization posed by the large and growing Islamic fundamentalist movement and its odd collusion with the far secular left. Both of these books are as relevant (if not more relevant) today as when they were first published.
Many books have been written about the ongoing peace process between Israel and its neighbors, but none have succeeded in explaining why the peace process always fails. In Peace For Peace: Israel In The New Middle East, David Rubin exposes the false premises on which the vaunted peace process and peace plans have always been based, thereby explaining the confusion about a patently failed process resulting from some thirty years of effort, with billions of dollars spent, and thousands of lost lives.
Describing the greatly promoted and publicized, yet disappointing summits and the various peace plans that have blown up in years of terrorism and recurring wars, Rubin goes on to describe the reasons why the great hopes of peace negotiators have not been realized.
Finally, Rubin presents us with the framework for a bold, practical peace plan which he calls Peace for Peace. With his comprehensive analysis and lucid description, Rubin shows us how Peace for Peace, built on strong biblical principles combining historical justice and common sense, can eventually bring a realistic and lasting peace arrangement to this fascinating, but troubled part of the world.
David Rubin’s extensive knowledge about Terrorism, Israel, the U.S.-Israel relationship, and Israel’s role in the world isn’t merely an academic expression that comes only from research, but rather a real-life expression that comes from the heart. Whether writing about history, societal turmoil, terrorism or tolerance, David’s genuine feelings and passion for his topic come across loud and clear.
A featured speaker throughout North America, Europe, and in Israel, David Rubin is a frequent guest commentator on national and international radio and television programs.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Rubin resides in Israel with his wife and children on a hilltop overlooking the site of Ancient Shiloh. This is the hallowed ground where the Tabernacle of Israel stood for 369 years in the time of Joshua, Hannah, and Samuel the Prophet.