New book “Enemies and Allies” explores Middle East political landscape


GRAPEVINE, Texas (ANS) – “What happens in the Middle East – for better or worse – affects the entire world,” said Joel Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author, news editor and dual U.S.-Israeli citizen.

“The Middle East and North Africa are the epicenter of the momentous events that are shaking our world and shaping our future. Two decades after the horrific terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, which shifted our focus to the Middle East yet again, the region is undergoing sweeping, historic, tectonic transformations. We ignore them at our peril.”

Rosenberg  announced the release of his forthcoming non-fiction book, “Enemies and Allies,” in an interview on Thursday with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the National Religious Broadcasters Convention.

Cover artwork for Enemies and Allies

“Enemies and Allies,” set to release Sept. 7, from Tyndale, skillfully and clearly explains the importance of the sometimes-encouraging, sometimes-violent, yet rapidly shifting landscape in Israel and the Arab-Muslim world.

The book is available now for pre-order here   .

The book explores vital questions about the threats posed by radical and apocalyptic Islamism and the efforts to make peace in the Middle East 20 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., examines the grave and growing Iranian threat, and is the first book to explain the inside story of how the game-changing Abraham Accords came to pass.

The book includes exclusive, never-before-published interviews, insights and analysis from Rosenberg’s conversations with some of the most complex and controversial leaders in the world, including Pompeo, who graces the first chapter of the book. Other leaders include:

** Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)

** Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

** Jordan’s King Abdullah II

** United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ)

** Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

** Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

** President Donald Trump

** Vice President Mike Pence

Rosenberg argues that “it is this same existential Iranian threat that is forcing Arab leaders together to fundamentally rethink, ‘Who are my enemies and who are my allies?’ and one by one they are concluding that Iran is their greatest enemy and Israel should be one of their most important allies. That’s a big reason why in 2020 alone, four Arab-Israeli peace and normalization treaties occurred.”

Joel C. Rosenberg with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at NRB Convention June 24, 2021. Photo – courtesy

Over the last few years, Rosenberg has convened faith leaders to meet with top Middle Eastern governmental leaders, at their request, for critical conversations about faith and peace in the Middle East. In “Enemies and Allies,” he shares insight from these conversations and meetings and provides a hopeful outlook on events and decisions shaping the Middle East and impacting the world.

“Attitudes are shifting – not just on the street but also in the palaces and the corridors of power that few outsiders ever see,” said Rosenberg.

“This is the first book to tell the story of what is happening in the Middle East. Daily news coverage of specific events is pointillism. What is needed is context. That is why I wrote this book. I will take you inside Royal Courts and capitals and introduce you to the most powerful figures in the region. Love them or hate them, these are the players driving the change. These are the leaders to keep an eye on.”

Having started his career as a political aide in Washington, D.C., today Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian with a Jewish heritage, lives in Jerusalem. He is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 novels and five nonfiction books and serves as Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the news platforms, All Israel News and All Arab News. He also hosts the podcast, “Inside The Epicenter With Joel C. Rosenberg.”

“The change underway in the Middle East and North Africa is coming fast and furious – and it is far from over,” Rosenberg said.

“My hope is that when you have finished this book you will have a better appreciation for the immense challenges the nearly 600 million people who live in this area face and how your future and your fortunes are uniquely an inextricably connected to theirs.”

For more information about “Enemies and Allies,” visit

Joel C. Rosenberg is a New York Times best-selling author of 15 novels and five nonfiction books, with nearly 5 million copies sold. He has been interviewed by, or written articles for, hundreds of media outlets and has been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Jerusalem Post. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in filmmaking, he and his wife Lynn live with their family in Jerusalem.

Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is the world’s largest privately held Christian publisher of books, Bibles and digital media. Tyndale products include many New York Times best-sellers, including the popular Left Behind fiction series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, novels by Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and Rosenberg, plus numerous nonfiction works.

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