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Fortress Israel Kindle Edition
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Regarding the long-stalled Israel-Palestine process Mr Tyler is sharply critical of the building of more homes in Israeli settlements. He claims, as have many others, that this is a deliberate policy to thwart the peace process.
Tyler is a respected American journalist who sets out in this book to trace Israeli intransigence about peacemaking back to the beginning of the Jewish state. He does not absolve the Arab states from the legacy of hatred against Israel but he argues it is the 'martial impulse in Israeli society and among its ruling elite that has undermined opportunities for reconciliation'. He quotes Ben Gurion in 1960 telling President Eisenhower:'Either Israel remains free and independent or Israel will be exterminated just as Hitler exterminated the Jews in Germany'. Tyler argues that this was a coded warning that Israel was intent on becoming a nuclear power. Others have made similar claims.
Clearly he admires Moshe Sharett the second prime minister of Israel. It was Sharett who attempted to stop the reprisals policy that Gurion and the military pursued against Palestinian infiltrators. He wrote:'military ambition too often trumped moral aspiration'. Tyler claims it was Sharett who constantly opposed the use of military force to attain peace. In 1965 he died a very bitter man.
The author divides Israel into sabras and non-sabras and uses this as shorthand for militarists and moderates.Read more ›
Intelligent and erudite authors who wish to impress their own subjective beliefs on their readers rarely, if ever, resort to outright lies, but rather choose use subtler techniques of misleading their readers. This includes systematically omitting facts which contradict their agenda, misrepresenting real events, using innuendo and euphemisms etc. Before reading Tyler's book I would have named famous amateur historian and Hitler apologist David Irving as the best example of such a duplicitous writer, now I consider Tyler as his equal in this respect.
I will explain how I arrived in the above conclusion by quoting some statements in Tyler's book which are, in my opinion, biased and deceptive.
On page 3 Tyler writes that Iran's nuclear program is meant "for the production of electricity, for medical research, and, if a decision is taken by the country's leadership, for the development of nuclear weapons". Only an utterly gullible person might accept such as claim as the truth, as it is fairly self-evident that the acquisition of nuclear weapons is in fact the only real reason for the said program.
On page 42 Tyler misleads the reader about the 1948 occupation of the West Bank by Jordan. He allows the reader to understand that the Hashemite Kingdom essentially saved the West Bank from Israel's occupation by itself annexing the area.Read more ›
Essentially Prof. Morris does a very thorough demolition job on Tylers Fortress Israel. I was going to buy the book (I'm reading a library copy); I won't bother now. There are far better researched and better written books out there.
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A present last Christmas 2012, I have no further comment on this item, sure I've answered these question before.long time agoPublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by PAB
Looks an interesting book written by an American journalist who has seen quite a lot of the action in IsraelPublished on 22 Jun. 2013 by Jenny Waters
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