Roving Middle East journalist Gregg Carlstrom’s new book How Long Will Israel Survive? The Threat From Within won’t be found in any Jewish Agency lobbies, or passed out as required reading on a Birthright trip. It won’t be lauded as a must-read by champions of Israel as a human rights beacon in the region. Rather, his work will wind up largely on the shelves of liberal Anglo Zionists concerned with Israel’s future. Perhaps these readers haven’t visited Israel in a while, and want to see how things stand in the Jewish homeland. The author paints a bleak picture.Carlstrom, a Cairo-based correspondent for The Economist and The Times, for the most part sets aside the conflict with the Palestinians and even the looming threat of Iran to deal with internal issues threatening Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic state. As the author writes, “Race, religion, economics: these are not usually the subjects that make the foreign media headlines about Israel. And yet they are perhaps a greater long-term challenge than the stagnant Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”The author, who writes that his interest in Israel was piqued by a story his Ashkenazi American grandmother told him about visiting Jerusalem and not believing her eyes when she saw a garbageman wearing a yarmulke, has a penchant for being able to sum up intractable elements of Israeli society into neat and tidy vignettes, interspersing his own man-onthe- street interviews with both Jewish and Arab Israelis alongside bite-sized reporting of the elements in Israeli society that he finds worrisome.