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Fortress Israel by [Tyler, Patrick]
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"[A] readable and informative new history . . . timely." --"The Economist" "Vivid . . . Compelling . . . As Tyler shows, Israel has often missed opportunities for peace." --Daniel Byman, "The Washington Post""Sobering reading . . . Tyler poses the vital question of whether the departure from the original vision of the Zionists is justified given the perception of never-ending outside threats." --Steve Weinberg, "The Christian Science Monitor ""A fascinating account of the Israeli establishment, of its victories, defeats, mistakes, and its cover-ups." --Sarah Ivy, " Tablet""" "Mr. Tyler, a respected American journalist, sets out to document Israeli intransigence about peacemaking all the way back to the earliest days of the Jewish state." --"The Economist""" "[A] revealing chronicle of Israeli foreign and defense policy . . . Tyler's well-researched account illuminates an ugly and troubling dimension of Israeli policy and politics." --"Publishers Weekly ""Tyler presents a sharp critique of the close relationship between the Israeli government and the officer corps of the Israeli military . . . [he] researches deeply and does not pull his punches." --"Booklist """Fortress Israel "is the definitive historical and analytical account of the role that Israel's military has played both in Israel itself and in the wider Middle East. In Patrick Tyler's deeply reported and very well written account, one learns how a militarized Israeli culture has permeated the decision making of Israel's governments for decades and how that culture affects the calculus of its politicians today. If you want to understand Israel's future--and also how that future may play out in the Middle East--this book is mandatory reading." --Peter L. Bergen, author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search""for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad ""In this exceptional book, Patrick Tyler demonstrates with meticulous documentation and revealing interviews with t

About the Author

Patrick Tyler worked for twelve years at "The Washington Post" before joining "The New York Times "in 1990, where he served as chief correspondent. His books include "Running Critical," "A Great Wall "(which won the 2000 Lionel Gelber Prize), and "A World of Trouble." He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4931 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Portobello Books (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CX9CVY
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #563,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very readable, informative and detailed account of the peace process and the relationship between the Israeli government and the Israeli army. Many of the author's arguments, however, are not new and some of his omissions are surprising.

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.
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This book provides a very good account of how a tiny country, almost totally dependent upon Western and especially american military and economic support, has been turned into a violent military powerhouse threatening all her neighbours. This militant outlook can only have one outcome, a major regional clash that could spell the end of Israel. Before it is too late, the Israelis should change course and instead of electing ultra-rightwing and militaristic governments should opt for peace and cooperation and should learn to live in peace with their neighbours.
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The author, Patrick Tyler, attempts to show that Israel is a thoroughly militarized society, a modern day Sparta, where the military frequently bypasses democratic processes to achieve their sinister, jingoistic objectives, and where Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular are always victims of Israeli aggression and chauvinism.

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.
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I won't say very much here. Tyler quotes Israeli Prof. Benny Morris at length in the early chpts. I will simply refer the reader to an extensive reveiw of this book by the same Benny Morris in the Jewish Review. http://jewishreviewofbooks.com/articles/414/athens-or-sparta-2/
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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