· 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, its 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 its 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 wont 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 Americas 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 Systems rules. I blame most of all Americas pork-barrel politics. I say that American politicians, including presidents, always had a choice. They did not have to do the Zionist lobbys bidding when doing so was putting Americas own longer term and best interests at great risk. They chose to do the lobbys 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 Zionisms 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, Ive 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. Its 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 Israels 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