This examination of the Middle East's troubled history traces the origins, development and politics of Israel's relationship with the Arab world and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will leave Israel vulnerable to Iraq and Iran.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.31(d)|
Table of Contents
|List of Maps||ix|
|1.||The Rise of Zionism||9|
|3.||The Theory of Palestinian Centrality||99|
|4.||The Reversal of Causality||141|
|5.||The Trojan Horse||201|
|6.||Two Kinds of Peace||259|
|8.||A Durable Peace||321|
|9.||The Question of Jewish Power||353|
|A.||The Arab-Jewish Agreement at Versailles||405|
|C.||The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine||411|
|D.||Ribbentrop Promise to Mufti to Destroy Jewish National Home||421|
|E.||The PLO Charter||423|
|F.||Security Council Resolution 242||431|
|G.||The Pentagon Plan||433|
|H.||Security Council Resolution 338||439|
|I.||The Phased Plan||441|
|Acknowledgments: to A Durable Peace||465|
|Acknowledgments: to A Place Among the Nations||467|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I couldn't bear to put this book down. You have to go into it knowing about Netanyahu's past, being former PM and all. But reading this book confirmed what I had personally believed from observing the Arab-Israeli situation my entire adult life. Will surely take any person that believes in the Palestinian/Arab struggle and cause them to open their eyes to reality. Giant Panda is on numerous book sites trashing this book, so he obviously has a bone to pick and probably isn't reliable, plus he gives high marks to alot of pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel books, so figure out who is really biased. The other reviewers rated the book excellent and I agree.
This work is an intellectual and historical defense of the state of Israel by a former Israeli Prime Minister. It is written with clarity and shows a deep understand of the Middle East conflict. It also provides a blueprint for a new and better Middle East in which Israel plays a significant and constructive part.
I was reluctant to read Netanyahu. He has been reviled and even demonized by liberals in his own country, America, and world-wide. But his writings reveal a fine, inquiring mind, and considerable learning. In this book he tries to explain Israel's difficulties among its neighbors. The book yields fascinating insights. For example, Netanyahu explains that religious Islamic Arabs resent the artificial Arab states created after World War I by the Western Powers to take the place of the old Ottoman Empire. Although nationalist feelings can and do engage them, there is a deeply held religious conviction that there should be only one borderless territory for the whole "umma," the whole people of Islam, a divine land ruled by holy law -- the Sharia -- in which there could be no room for some other sovereign country, such as a Jewish state. This helps to explain the mystery of why the Palestinians always turn down statehood when it is offered to them. Such a state would be another Western construct with artificial borders. The two-state solution we keep dangling before them does not really interest them. Indeed, it is death to anyone who, like Sadat, would try to make peace with Israel, because there can be no Israel in Islamic lands. A Palestinian state would be a useful "Phase One" launching-pad for violence against Israel, but beyond this, Palestinians would feel little or no real desire for a "state" of their own. The book is full of insights like this.
i have read this book looking for holes, lies, something to say the writer is not right or missleading. But i have found it to be accurate and niddle sharp understanding. You can understand all the errors and rude politics of the nation in favour of black MOENY in the form of OIL.
This book is a must for anybody who would like to understand the current crisis in the Middle East. Not only is the book 100% historicly accurate, it is also a joy to read. Netanyahu is a gift to the people of Israel, and the world. Understanding the situtaion in Israel is critical to understand the events of September 11, and all other acts of terror. Understanding the problems with Israel unfolds the truth that is not attacking our homeland. We all should have listened to Netanyahu long before September 11th.
'A PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS' is one of the book`s you gota read. Bibi givs a understanding and a over view of the motive of the conservative idea in the peace proces. Mr. Netaniahu is a great other so go on and read the book you will acnoledg allot about israelys most popular view.
This book eloquently represents the position of the extreme Israeli right-wing, but does little to convince me of the author¿s vision for ¿peace¿. The primary thesis of ¿A Durable Peace¿ has been mentioned before in other publications by the Israeli right-wing, namely: ¿Israel is a small country surrounded by large enemies; Israel cannot let go of the West Bank for security reasons; Israel has offered much for peace and gotten little, a Palestinian state represent a threat to Israel¿s existence, etc.¿. Someone who doesn¿t know much about the issues may be taken by the eloquence of Netanyahu into supporting this view of peace, which is actually little more than the peace of the Grave. In order for the argument to be more convincing, I would like to see a deeper analysis than what ¿A Durable Peace¿ makes. For example, each of the following facts requires a re-analysis of the positions advocated in the book: (1) Half of those so-called 'enemies' (namely Egypt and Jordan) actually signed peace treaties with Israel and have respected them ever since. How does this affect the argument in the book about Israel being ¿surrounded by enemies¿? (2) Israel possesses an arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons [see ¿The Samson Option,¿ by Seymour M. Hersh] ¿ as well as the means to deliver them ¿ making the need for 'secure borders' irrelevant. (3) Right-wing elements of the Israeli population are actively seeking expansion and seeking to ¿transfer¿ two million Palestinians out of the West Bank and Gaza [¿Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel¿, by Israel Shahak, Norton Mezvinsky]. This seems to contradict Netanyahu¿s attempt to project a ¿peaceful Israel¿ image in ¿A Durable Peace¿. Furthermore, the arguments in this book seem to completely neglect the fact that the other side, namely Palestinians, also has security needs, too, as well as other concerns such as basic human rights and a valid legal claim to the land. By any definition except this book¿s, true peace has to be mutually negotiated and accepted by the parties involved, not imposed by one on the other. Therefore, while I am impressed by Netanyahu¿s writing and presenting skills, I am not convinced at all by the arguments. My conclusion from reading the book is that his vision of ¿peace¿ is untenable and simply won¿t work. For all these reasons I didn¿t think this book was worth the time I spent reading it.