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Alan Hart
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30 Sep 2005
· The Zionism of the book’s title is Jewish nationalism or political Zionism as the creating and sustaining force of modern Israel – i.e. not what could be called the spiritual Zionism of Judaism.
· A key to understanding is knowledge of the difference between Judaism and Zionism. (Contrary to what most people in the Judeo-Christian world wrongly assume, Zionism is not now, nor was it ever, co-extensive with Judaism).
· Modern Israel is a Zionist state, not a Jewish state.

The underlying thesis is that because of the settlement facts pork-barrel American politics (and the impotence of the Arab regimes) have allowed to be created on the ground, it’s now too late for any U.S. administration to call and hold the nuclear-armed Zionist state to account; and that only the Jews of the diaspora, the majority of Jews in the world, have the influence to do it – cause Israel to change its ways and make peace on terms which almost all Palestinians and Arabs everywhere can accept. But… I also say that it’s unreasonable and unrealistic to expect the Jews of the diaspora to play their necessary part in bringing the Zionist state to heel, and averting a Clash of Civilisations, unless and until they receive the maximum possible in the way of reassurance about their security in the mainly Gentile world of which they are citizens. And this is why I call in my Epilogue, The Jews As the Light Unto Nations, for a New Covenant, not between the Jews and their God, but between the Jews and the Gentiles. (The primordial point here is that deep down almost every diaspora Jew lives with the unspeakable fear of Holocaust II and thus the perceived need, if only in the sub-consciousness, for Israel as the refuge of last resort; which is why, without the maximum possible in the way of reassurance, they won’t even think of obliging Israel to be serious about peace).

I do not blame the Zionist lobby for exercising its influence, now in shocking and awesome alliance with America’s born-again Christian fundamentalists and the neo cons, in association with oil interests and the MIC (Military Industrial Complex). The Zionist lobby, I say, has merely played the game, ruthlessly to be sure, according to The System’s rules. I blame most of all America’s pork-barrel politics. I say that American politicians, including presidents, always had a choice. They did not have to do the Zionist lobby’s bidding when doing so was putting America’s own longer term and best interests at great risk. They chose to do the lobby’s bidding to serve their own short-term (personal and party) interests. And I say in passing that with American politicians as friends, the Jews do not need enemies.

My book is epic in length, as sweep and substance for a good reason. The first and still existing draft of Judeo-Christian history is constructed on Zionism’s version – what I call the annihilation myth, meaning… Since its unilateral declaration of independence, Israel the Zionist state has never, ever, been in danger of annihilation. (The 1967 war – for ITN I was the first foreign correspondent to the banks of the Suez Canal with the advancing Israelis – was nothing but a long-planned war of Israeli aggression. Professor Avi Shlaim was both right and wrong when he wrote in The Iron Wall that Israel did not go to war to take territory. The government of Israel headed by Prime Minister Levi Eshkol with Rabin as Chief of Staff, DID NOT; but Defence Minister Dayan, imposed upon Eshkol after something close to a coup, DID. And Nasser, for reasons of face, was daft enough to walk into the trap Dayan had set for him). The point? To tell the truth necessary for real understanding, informed and honest debate and peacemaking, I’ve had to re-write Judeo-Christian history, DE-ZIONISE it.
ZIONISM: THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS is the first ever book to put the struggle for Palestine into its global context – to show how all the pieces of a complicated jig-saw puzzle fit together. It’s also the first ever account of events to empathise with both sides: with the real fear of diaspora Jews – Holocaust II; and with the humiliation of the Arab masses – humiliation which is the product of Israel’s arrogance of power, American support for Zionism right or wrong, and the incompetence, corruption and repression of the regimes of the existing Arab Order.

Stripped down to its fundamental essence, my book is a call for the Jews to become the light unto nations. (Not least because the rest of us need them to be). In the text of the Epilogue, and highlighted on the back cover of Volume Two, I write as follows:

If the Jews of the diaspora can summon up the will and the courage to make common cause with the forces of reason in Israel before it is too late for us all, a very great prize awaits them. By demonstrating that right can triumph over might, and that there is a place for morality in politics, they would become the light unto nations. It is a prize available to no other people on earth because of the uniqueness of the suffering of the Jews. Perhaps that is the real point of the idea of the Jews as Chosen People… Chosen to endure unique suffering and, having endured it, to show the rest of us that creating a better and more just world is not a mission impossible



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  • Hardcover: 596 pages
  • Publisher: WORLD FOCUS PUBLISHING (30 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955020700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955020704
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Historic. Momentous. Profound. Alan Hart has succeeded in producing the first ever truly balanced assessement of why Palestine is in such a mess and who must do what to prevent this greatest of all injustices leading to a greater anti-Semitism and Islamophobia around the world.

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ZIONISM: THE REAL ENEMY OF THE JEWS is the first ever book to put the struggle for Palestine into its global context – to show how all the pieces of a complicated jig-saw puzzle fit together. It’s also the first ever account of events to empathise with both sides: with the real fear of diaspora Jews – Holocaust II; and with the humiliation of the Arab masses – humiliation which is the product of Israel’s arrogance of power, American support for Zionism right or wrong, and the incompetence, corruption and repression of the regimes of the existing Arab Order.

Stripped down to its fundamental essence, my book is a call for the Jews to become the light unto nations. (Not least because the rest of us need them to be). In the text of the Epilogue, and highlighted on the back cover of Volume Two, I write as follows:

If the Jews of the diaspora can summon up the will and the courage to make common cause with the forces of reason in Israel before it is too late for us all, a very great prize awaits them. By demonstrating that right can triumph over might, and that there is a place for morality in politics, they would become the light unto nations. It is a prize available to no other people on earth because of the uniqueness of the suffering of the Jews. Perhaps that is the real point of the idea of the Jews as Chosen People… Chosen to endure unique suffering and, having endured it, to show the rest of us that creating a better and more just world is not a mission impossible.I wrote this book to provoke and promote, worldwide, the first ever informed and honest debate about who must do what if there is to be a peaceful resolution of the Palestine problem, which is the prerequisite for averting a Clash of Civilisations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic.


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79 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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Alan Hart is a former BBC Panorama and ITN Middle East correspondent with a vast first-hand knowledge of the subject. He knew, and interviewed, many of the main players in the Israel-Palestine conflict on all sides (Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat and other PLO leaders, Moshe Dayan, Nasser, King Hussein of Jordan - the list is long). Yet no publisher, major or minor, dared to publish this book for fear of offending the powerful Zionist lobby whose knee-jerk reaction to any criticism is to fling out the charge of "anti-Semitism".

Thus, like T.E. Lawrence before him, Hart had to publish his book himself (the task almost bankrupted Lawrence). It would seem that "Zionism: the Real Enemy of the Jews" is a book that some powerful people obviously don't want you to read. That was reason enough for me to purchase a copy! And I am very glad I did.

Hart establishes that Zionism is a SECULAR phenomenon: a classic European colonial, political IDEOLOGY. Judaism is a religion. Thus, Zionism and Judaism are not the same thing, but opposites. And many of the European Zionists colonising Palestine were foreign nationals who had converted to Judaism in Europe with no historic links to Palestine. As a result, many of them are not even racially Semitic whereas Arabs are Semitic.

This two volume work is a monumental history of the Israel-Palestine conflict with unique insights into many of the happenings in this region and also in US and European politics. Its comprehensive scope is breathtaking. Hart is critical of the Zionists, but he is also scathingly critical of many Arab regimes and US and European politicians too. He quotes from many anti-Zionist Jews--including the more far-sighted members of Israeli Military Intelligence.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for every Shelf! 16 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
Wow what a comprehendible account! Hart has really done literature justice and the countless of Israeli and Palestinians who have suffered and those continuing to suffer. Whatever your political allegiance to the current political crisis in the middle-east, this book is a must read for those who genuinely want an honest, non-Jewish and non-Muslim, historical and contextualised understanding of the Palestinian- Israel conflict. Whether you are an astute academic or a high school student this book is really easy to read as it is aimed for all without being patronising or over sensationalised in its vocabulary.

Writing in a novel format this book is far from fiction. There are references to all sources used so if you are unsure about any particular facts you can easily confirm them via Google (watch out for devious sources on the internet though). The book even goes as far as providing a workable solution to the conflict (something our so-called leaders have failed to do). They key message here is that the hype that Israel's existence is under threat is a myth (not that I completely agree) but Hart puts a compelling argument forward nevertheless. He argues that by Israel maintaining that its existence is under threat it will give them a carte blanche licence to kill and maim, and therefore to not bother with peace, current facts actually support his theory.

For people who want an unbiased version of the world's worst conflict and those who are really interested in seeing justice prevail and for all those who do not want to be exposed to another terror attack, read this book please. There will be, inevitably, claims by the Zionist lobbies that this is just another anti-Semitism piece of rabble, but you will be doing yourself a disservice if you fall for that claptrap. I now have so much respect to the unheard voices of the Jewish people who really do have the key to peace in the region, by making Israel see that's its worst enemy is itself.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally - an insider telling the story. 14 Feb 2007
By Yana
Format:Hardcover
Alan Hart has written a greatly needed book (Vols 1 & 2). He offers a factual account and not one suited to a particular taste. Hart is able to give an insider's account as he was a correspondent from Jerusalem and a witness to the 1967 war, and more importantly, because he also was a secret peace mediator who held private talks with the leaders on both sides. The details he therefore is able to provide are not ones you would find published in books on this conflict. They are the result of one on one talks with the key players.

This is a must read for anyone wishing to learn about the facts, mentalities of the politicians, and what the future could hold - if people, "the citizens of nations", and not their governments, got informed and pursued justice. This book is definitely a first step in that direction.

Hart has a message for Jews and non-Jews and he appeals for REASON and not violence - calling him a propagandist is a mere display of a person's own bias. He is not in favor of apocolyptic scenarios (by extremists from either side) but rather of a genuine just and peacful future for those involved in the conflict and the world at large.

A MUST.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book with both depth and breath 6 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book was an excellent read and is a clear presentation of the politics of the Israili and palestine conflict - It is worth noting that this book is NOT anti Jew and this is clearly illustrated by the authors relationship with many prolific jewish indviduals- this book should be read by anyone interested in global political affairs to get an enlightened perpective a complex topic
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, not Polemical
I've read quite a few books on the history of modern Israel and the Palestinian conflict so I'm not quite a beginner in this area. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Belisarius
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it and read the educated truth
Alan has bravely produced a book and two further volumes, in a time when it is very difficult to say anything against Israel (right or wrong, as Balfour said). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Paul SJ Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Zionism and its threat to Jews
Here we have an eminently readable book about that part of the world destined to plague us to the end of time unless our presidents, politicians and the UN, all together, stop... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Counter Narrative
This book provides a Superb Counter Narrative to the daily propaganda rolled out across the West.

Given its topic one would think it be the most important issue of this... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by MattC
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this.
This book should be read by everyone especially as the Israel Lobby don't want you to know about their history and true agenda. Alan Hart writes in a concise no nonsense style. Read more
Published on 15 May 2010 by Mr. R. Battersby
2.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging, poor writing.
First substance.
The author is a British TV journalist and middle east correspondent who has travelled widely in the subject, both literally and figuratively. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2009 by L. Reinertsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive uncover of the real Zionist regime
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It is amazing how Alan Hart put all puzzle parts together.
This book should be a fundamental source for Middle East studies
at all universities... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2009 by Pashtunistan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental & Impartial exposition of Zionism and its History!
I found Alan Hart's book to be very engaging, fair-minded, compassionate, humanistic and with open ridicule and scorn on the political expediency of the Zionists, Arab regimes, US,... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by Matloub Husayn-Ali-Khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, Learn, Understand.
An amazing book with so much detail from one who cites Arafat and Golda Meir as friends. Hart not only refutes Zionism's history but makes a passionate plea to everyone to... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by D. H. Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Enlightening
I have always struggled to understand the conflict in the Middle East. It touches me deeply and i feel great sorrow without really understanding the history. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2008 by Sarah. A.
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