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I've spent years reading and researching the Israel-Palestine conflict. I've read Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, Alan Dershowitz's The Case For Israel, Abuelaish's I Shall Not Hate, The Jewish State by Herzl. I've read the official doctrines of the PA, Hamas, and the major laws in Israel.
But it was only until I listened to this book that I really learned what was going on. This is no longer about Arabs and Israelis. It's about the Europeans vs the Israelis. Even content Muslim Arab Israelis would be considered victims of "occupation". I think about the Muslim Arab Zionist activist Muhammad Zoabi on his Facebook page, or Alaa Waheeb, the Arab Muslim Major - highest ranking Muslim Arab serving in the IDF: I think about these two examples in the contexts of the European NGOs - does Europe want to "save" them too from apartheid, or what about the Arabs who get free education and universal health care? The abuse of the words like genocide, apartheid, occupation, etc. exactly illustrates the mind set and delusions of the left and this only hurts Palestinians. I am a Californian liberal and almost every other liberal I know is staunchly anti-Israel because that is what liberals are suppose to think, regardless of facts.
I'm really happy that I now have this great source to present to my anti-Israel friend, though unfortunately, as I am willing to entertain anti-Israel ideology and opposing views, the same can't be said of most pro-Palestine people.
Thank you Tuvia for risking your life for the truth. This hopefully will open the world's eyes and stop the hate.
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As an Israeli, I feel the author has accurately encapsulated the breadth of conflicting interests, opinions and personalities here, and I was grateful that he played the role of a skeptic rather than buying everything he was told without question.
The result will be an eye opener for those who think they know this place just because they've read Max Blumenthal or Farid Zakaria or Thomas Friedman, or reports from ICRC or other NGO's whose true interests belie impartiality I am sad to say, and I think the author would agree, this lone voice of his would have to be amplified substantially if it is to convince Palestinians to reach out in a spirit of compromise. But why should this be so when, as Tenenbom shows, even Israel's ostensible allies' actions stack the deck against Israel and nurture Palestinian hopes to displace Israel rather than live with it side by side?
But, at least now you can get a real sense of what is going down here. Read this book, and you'll be able to call out the nonsense when you see it.
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Amazing book. It really shows up corruption in Palestinian support and antisemitism in Europe
A thoughtful analysis and challenge to many myths that are perpetuated by the so called intellectual elite. Well written .