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Fateful Triangle - New Edition: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians Paperback – 20 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; New edition edition (20 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745315305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745315300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First published in 1983, Fateful Triangle is a comprehensive indictment of what Noam Chomsky calls the "disgraceful and extremely dangerous" policy the United States has enacted towards Israel, particularly with regard to Israel's actions with regard to the Palestinians. Supporters of Israel must wilfully overlook or deny that nation's long history of human rights violations and military aggression, Chomsky writes, and they will continue to do so as long as Israel is strategically useful towards "the US aim of eliminating possible threats, largely indigenous, to American domination of the Middle East region". In the course of elaborating his argument, Chomsky cuts through the myths and distortions that appear in mainstream media accounts; the damning facts that he so systematically assembles portray a government more brutally and overtly racist, perhaps, than even apartheid-era South Africa. Three new chapters, drawing upon material from Z magazine and other publications, incorporate such developments as the Palestinian uprising, Israel's war on Lebanon, and the ongoing "peace process". --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The most ambitious book ever attempted on the conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians ... a great and important book. (Edward Said)

Brilliant and unscrupulous. (Observer)

A major, timely and devastating analysis of one of the great tragedies. (Fred Halliday, Tribune)

Formidable. (The Jewish Quarterly)

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This book is a forensic work of scholarship.

The more the reader thinks oneself to know about the conflict, the greater the re-education that awaits. To take a single example, the Arab/PLO alliance is popularly perceived to have been the rejectionist party in its dealings with Israel. If you accord with this view, this book will force you to think again.

Chomsky approaches this subject through his favoured lenses; scepticism for Western media and criticism of US government policy. The book's basic thesis is that the US bears responsiblity for human rights abuses committed against the Palastinians by the Israeli state and its clients. The media is also complicit.

To make it through this book you must be prepared to submit to (admittedly convincing) diatribe. I think I can remember seeing a single piece of balancing comment; it appears about 400 pages in. Permit Chomsky this indulgence, and your perceptions of where blame should be attributed for problems in the Middle East will be fundamentally altered.

This reader would have liked to learn more of the pre-1948 period.
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You may not agree with Prof. Chomsky, but his documentation is faultless; an excellent foundation upon which to build your own, informed opinion on what is actually going on and why, in the Middle East. Refute him if you can; it's just the facts, Ma'm. It is extremely difficult to find an informant who dares criticise Isreal at all, let alone so factually correct and with such intellect. He may be the ultimate dove, but Peace needs doves. Enjoy. Shalom.
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I still remember when I bought this. A few days after 9/11 I saw this in a bookshop; for years I had noticed the blatant double standards regarding Israel in the media, and I'd taken note of some of Israel's critics but, due to mainstream media's idea of balance ( giving equal, in fact greater, space to totally false propaganda), I vacillated between anger at injustice and wondering if I was guilty of an unconscious antisemitism. This book made up my mind, and how! Like most people I think twice about laying out on an expensive book, but I'd just come into some money, 9/11 had just happened, and Israel had just blatantly taken advantage of 9/11 by declaring ' war on terrorism' and assassinating 14 Palestinian 'activists'; I'd heard of Noam Chomsky (though I knew little about him then) and the blurb on the jacket looked impressive, so I took the plunge. But it took me about 9 months to get through it, mainly because I had to find other books to fill in the gaps in my memory and knowledge - and that's the point of the qualification in my heading: this is not a narrative history of the problem; it is a discussion of the way it is propagandised in the West's media, so, while it discusses much of the history, and the core of the book (about 150 pages) includes an account of the first Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its aftermath, most newcomers will need some preparatory reading to approach it. If you've never read this, you don't know how little you know. And, to anyone under about 35, how could you know unless you're a history student? The first edition of this was written in 1984 in the wake of the first invasion of Lebanon, but it was updated with a new chapter in 1999.
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This is the best book on the relationship between Izrael,America and the Palestinians.It show's with hard facts how the USA allows Izrael to run amok in the middle east,terrorizing its neighbours,with military hardware supplied by the USA.Izrael has become a US military base in the middle east
It show's the pro-Izrael bias in the American media,the complete distortion of facts that Izrael is occupying and settling on land which is illegal in international law.It is not in the interest of Izrael to have peace in the middle east,To do so means giving up land they have conquered illegally.Izrael is a rogue state.It's policies towards the Palestinians are like in apartheid South Africa.
This book catalogues the terrible crimes inflicted on the Palestinians and the Arabs in general,through apartheid policies of Izrael and Izraels continued threats to it's neighbours and daily crimes against the Palestinians.
The world must wake up and doing something and face up to the worlds rent a thug the USA and it's child prodgy Izrael.Buy this book and get ANGRY unless your an Izraeli supporter,buy this book and learn about what your supporting and get angry
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According to Chomsky and Said, there is unequivocal evidence that Israel is a rogue state. This book contains a thorough scrutiny of the US foreign politics. Chomsky claims that Israeli lobbyists in the US are highly powerful. Even though the US government strongly denies that it is being controlled by the Israeli lobbyists, evidence irrefutably shows that these lobbyists run the foreign politics of the US. How else does one explain that the US government never criticizes Israel’s belligerent war waging? Moreover, why does not the US government send inspectors to Israel for disarmament, when it is a well known fact that Israel possesses atomic bomb? Instead, the US government sends inspectors to countries that allegedly have weapons of mass destruction, when in fact their claims have never been corroborated. In addition, the US government never condemns daily killings of innocent Palestinians. Chomsky further asserts that Israel is the greatest recipient of the US financial aid. Why does the US support an oppressive government that constantly violates human rights? According to Chomsky, it is because powerful Israeli lobbyists in the US allow for this to proceed. Chomsky’s assertion that the US foreign politics is extremely unjust and flawed has been confirmed in a number of cases, which for the purpose of this review cannot be mentioned here. I could not agree more with Chomsky when he explicitly claims that foreign politics must be based on an equal treatment of all countries, but above all on justice, the importance of which cannot be overstressed. Without justice, there will never be peace and stability in the world.Read more ›
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