- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Lawrence Hill & Co.; 1st Edition(PB) edition (19 Aug. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556521820
- ISBN-13: 978-1556521829
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the US-Israeli Relationship Paperback – 19 Aug 1993
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"Deliberate Deceptions" exposes serious concerns about Israeli-U.S. relations. Findley argues, convincingly, that Israel is an aggressive, hostile state that will stop at nothing to further its own ends at the expense of others. Israel suctions billions of dollars out of U.S. coffers, with special deals on loans and military hardware that no other country in the world gets. Israel also has the bomb and refuses to allow international inspections of its facilities in the Negev desert. Findley reveals Israel's spy networks in the United States, its cozy relationship with the South African government (during the Apartheid era), and its tendency to resell American military technologies for self-enrichment. The amount of statements and evidence Findley marshals is both amazing and disgusting. Where is the United States government when all of this is happening? It's in large part our government that reinforces this bad behavior. Politicians, according to Findley, are scared of Israel's lobby and influence. The result is that the U.S. turns a blind eye to these shenanigans.
The Palestinians are the primary victims of Israel's aggression. Since the founding of Israel, the Palestinians have endured non-stop forced deportations, land seizures, violence, torture, and murder. Occasionally, the Palestinian people tire of Israel and events like the Intifada occur. Findley shows how Israel responds to these incidents by instituting policies that encourage soldiers to break bones and attack children and senior citizens. Palestinians that are considered citizens of Israel are treated as second-class citizens, as Israel considers itself a purely Jewish nation. The United Nations runs itself ragged denouncing Israel for its actions towards the Palestine people, and Findley provides a list of UN edicts towards Israel that is staggering to behold. Findley argues that great strides could be made in the Palestinian-Israeli problem if Israel would quit building settlements in occupied territory and withdraw to its UN mandated borders. Israel refuses to do this, and the whole world has to deal with the fallout, with endless peace plans and negotiations that go nowhere.
One of my criticisms with the book concerns Findley's account of the Intifada. Findley lists how many Palestinians were detained, murdered, and injured. I think he should have included figures on how many Jews were killed in the uprising. This would bolster his arguments better, in my opinion, as those numbers are probably lower than the Palestinian numbers. Still, this book is shocking in its implications and should be read by all Americans. I recommend reading this book before reading "They Dare to Speak Out."
This is a book that must be read to aquire a more balanced view of the Middle East drama, specially now that the fundamental right of a Palestinian State to exist is being again denied by the ortodox driven government of Sharon.
Here you will find, in a very simple and understandable presentation, the basic information about the British ill fated handling of the palestinian land; the meaning of the Balfour Declaration; an explanation of the U.N. Resolutions regarding the State of Israel and its policies; and revealing facts about the deceptions and the wars that have been fought, not usually presented in a truthful manner to the american voters.
Only if the true facts are known, and this is why one must read this book, the appalling tragedy of the palestinian people can be understood. Only then, will it be possible for the U.S. to shape a different foreign policy towards the Middle East based on the premise that all fanatical and totalitarian views must be abandoned, including those of the right wing in Israel, in order to seek a solution to the problem. The U.S. has unduly financed and permitted, through a miopic view of the situation, the furtherance of an expansionistic vision by Sharon, and the destruction of Palestinian Authority. This will not stop until the cries of the moderate Israeli politicians prevail. On the other hand, the problems that terrorism has brought to America will increase if we keep giving unconditionally military aid to a country that practices terroristic tactics with our weapons, while we preach to the world that we are on a crusade against terrorism. Double standards must be put to an end because now they are directly jeopardazing our security and our fundamental interests.
Findley has been persecuted because of his books and his quest to present the required material to form an objective view of the situation. For this, he has been named an anti-semite. But we dont need more propaganda. JUST THE FACTS. AND FACTS SET FORTH IN THIS BOOK CAN AND HAVE BEEN VERIFIED. If Findley were a jew, he would be called a self-denier like the jew professors and moderate Israeli politicians that have valiantly revealed those same facts, and cannot accept that a sistematic violation of human rights, no matter the motivations, is being perpetrated by the same people that suffered brutally at the hand of Hitler.
In the introduction Findley explains how, countrary to what is being presented to the public, the Israeli left (Labor) is actually more dangerous than the right (Likud) in the sense that both work towards the same goals (e.g. increase illegal settlements), but while the right does it in-your-face style, the left preach one thing while doing the other. In the book, Findley also talks about the many Arab initiatives for peace offers and how Israel turned them all down as they included the return of Israel to the June 4th, 1967 line to which Israel opposes.
Many times the breadth covered in the book limits the depth of the addressed issue. On the whole however, for a beginner who gets his news from the usual sources: CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, U.S News & World Report, NY Times, Washington Post, Findley's book is the missing link and a major hole filler. Most of the issues discussed in it are rarely, or addressed only in-the-passing in the main stream. These include: Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and the U.S. refusal to conduct a propper followup investigation, Israeli cooperation with Apartheid S. Africa, passing of American technology to China and Russia, Israel's Nuclear program, the colossal U.S. Aid, Christian population decline, Israel's discrimination policies towards non-Jewish citizens, and the Palestinian refugee problem.
Almost every statement made is properly referenced, which adds to the value of the book. Every topic and sub-topic is addressed by first listing a "Fallacy", which is a statement made, often, by a pro-Israel person or group on that topic. Then a few paragraphs would follow, titled "Fact", aimed at refuting the fallacy by listing many facts. Most statements used for refutation are quotations by Israeli (mostly), American, and Arab leaders, such as Rabin, Meir, Dayan, Begin, as well as many Israeli, British and American historians and connoisseurs, such as Beit-Halhami, Sachar, Chomsky, Morris, Pape, Cockburn, Eban, and Melman.
As an introduction and a quick reference, the book deserves a 9/10, with the only drawback being the lack of depth on some of the topics.