Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Updated Edition) / Edition 2

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Contents

Foreword by Edward W. Said
Preface to the Updated Edition
1. Fanning the Flames
2. The Origins of the "Special Relationship"
3. Rejectionism and Accommodation
4. Isreal and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds
5. Peace for Galilee
6. Aftermath
7. The Road to Armageddon
8. The Palestinian Uprising
9. "Limited War" in Lebanon
10. Washington's "Peace Process"
Index

An Excerpt from Fateful Triangle, Updated Edition

For some time, I've been compelled to arrange speaking engagements long in advance. Sometimes a title is requested for a talk scheduled several years ahead. There is, I've found, one title that always works: "The current crisis in the Middle East." One can't predict exactly what the crisis will be far down the road, but that there will be one is a fairly safe prediction.

That will continue to be the case as long as basic problems of the region are not addressed.

Furthermore, the crises will be serious in what President Eisenhower called "the most strategically important area in the world." In the early post-War years, the United States in effect extended the Monroe Doctrine to the Middle East, barring any interference apart from Britain, assumed to be a loyal dependency and quickly punished when it occasionally got out of hand (as in 1956). The strategic importance of the region lies primarily in its immense petroleum reserves and the global power accorded by control over them; and, crucially, from the huge profits that flow to the Anglo-American rulers, which have been of critical importance for their economies. It has been necessary to ensure that this enormous wealth flows primarily to the West, not to the people of the region. That is one fundamental problem that will continue to cause unrest and disorder. Another is the Israel-Arab conflict with its many ramifications, which have been closely related to the major U.S. strategic goal of dominating the region's resources and wealth.

For many years, it was claimed the core problem was Soviet subversion and expansionism, the reflexive justification for virtually all policies since the Bolshevik takeover in Russia in 1917. That pretext having

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Editorial Reviews

Lamis Adoni
This is an incisive and in depth analysis by one of the most important thinkers of our time on U.S. policy in the Middle East. Chomsky traces the roots of the U.S. alliance with israel and methodically dissects the myth about America's self-declared role as an honest broker of peace in the region. He links U.S. policies to its economic interests, particulary securing the flow of cheap crude oil and sustaining U.S. military prescence and Israeli prowess in the region. A must read to understand what motivates U.S. policies and their repercussions on the people of the Middle East.
ColorLines, Spring 2001
Booknews
Here's the 1983 edition with a new introduction by Chomsky, Edward Said's foreword, the Palestinian uprising, and the wearying peace process. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896086012
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: South End Press Classics Series Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.

Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Literature and of Kings College Cambridge, his celebrated works include Orientalism, The End of the Peace Process, Power, Politics and Culture, and the memoir Out of Place. He is also the editor, with Christopher Hitchens, of Blaming the Victims, published by Verso. He died in September 2003.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface to the Updated Edition
1 Fanning the Flames 1
2 The Origins of the "Special Relationship" 9
3 Rejectionism and Accommodation 39
4 Israel and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds 89
5 Peace for Galilee 181
6 Aftermath 329
7 The Road to Armageddon 441
8 The Palestinian Uprising 473
9 "Limited War" in Lebanon 515
10 Washington's "Peace Process" 533
Index 569
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Dreadful

    This book attempts to indict Israel, without basis in fact, history or reality. Beginning with myriad false premises--for example, that the U.S. is now and has always engaged in a nefarious plot to dominate the Middle East via a 'client state'--the book quickly grows misshapen. Chomsky's first strike: His 'client state' thesis ignores the fact that, but for Harry Truman's insistence, the U.S. would have opposed the 1948 United Nations partition plan -- and Israel's founding. Through the Six Day War, the U.S. remained neutral and often hostile to Israel, providing no help whatever. His second: The 'Israel as aggressor' thesis ignores the existence and history of Jerusalem Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who in 1948 promised a 'war of annihilation' against Israel, that for all intents and purposes has continued ever since. In that war alone, Israel catastrophically lost nearly 1% of her population, including 600 Israeli civilians captured and mutilated beyond recognition. In total, Israel has lost some 24,000 Jewish and Arab citizens to Arab wars and terrorism, proportionately comparable (today) to over 1 million U.S. citizens. To this war, as Werner Cohn notes in Partners in Hate: Noam Chomsky and the Holocaust Deniers (available free online), Chomsky devotes only parts of two pages, taking events entirely out-of-context. Chomsky similarly avoids full treatment of the pivotal 1929 Arab riots. To this, as Cohn reports, 'Chomsky devotes two paragraphs.' His main text admits that in August 1929, 133 Jews were massacred, including a 'most ghastly incident' in Hebron, where 60 Jews were killed. Chomksy quotes Christopher Sykes' Cross Roads to Israel. For the record, Sykes leaves no doubt that in 1929 Haj Amin el-Husseini was likewise a major instigator. A Jewish boy was murdered after innocently kicking a ball into a neighboring Arab garden. The Mufti's henchmen walked about Jerusalem carrying clubs. Unconcerned with 'sacred frontiers of the fatherland,' the Mufti was 'interested in religion.... The enemy was the Jewish people.' Chomsky neglects to mention 'the goading policy of the Supreme Moslem Council' or its purposeful 'driving Jews to exasperation,' (Sykes, 1967 Nel Mentor ed.). No, Chomsky relies largely on a single eyewitness (contradicted by many others, whom he ignores), thus falsely blaming the 1929 riots, as Cohn notes, entirely on the Jews. All that--and the 1973 Yom Kippur War--negate Chomsky's theses, so the vast bulk of his action begins in 1982, with the false notion that Israel consistently rejected 'any political settlement' with Arabs. This not coincidentally also avoids such mitigating factors as Israel's return to Egypt of Sinai (including Israeli-developed oil wells and resorts), within 12 years of Nasser's (renewed) 1967 vow to erase Israel from the map. Instead, Chomsky speciously cites a 'flood' of letters to the U.S. media in 'strikingly similar format,' falsely inferring U.S. media and government support for 'establishment of a Greater Israel.' Good grief. As to 1982, Chomsky avoids noting that Israel was only then responding to decades of cross-border terrorist raids and bombardments suffered by Israeli towns that took innumerable Israeli lives--all of them from staging areas in southern Lebanon. Rather, he focuses on ostensibly pro-Israel media, including profiles of Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden, whose 'state worshipping' he terms worthy of the 'annals of Stalinism.' This book, in fact, hardly touches on of the considerable Arab hostilities to Israel over more than 54 years. Thus, Chomsky avoids the critical fourth, fifth and sixth corners of the complex Middle East 'triangle'--that render it hexagonal--Arab incarceration of Arab refugees, Arab expulsion of 900,000 Jews from Arab lands and Arab oppression of other non-Muslim peoples, including Sudanese Christians and animists, Iraqi and Turkish Kurds, Egyptian Copts and Moroccan Berbers. Readers should, instead, somehow believe tha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    Truth be spoken

    It's amazing how this book has so much information. Noam Chomsky gives a precise analysis on what has occured in that the general public need be addressed. I've only read but a few chapters but already I see now the issues that lead up to current events. Mr. Chomsky's work here can not be refuted or denied with all the harsh criticism people usually associate with him. He speaks the truth justly and firmly with the most credible sources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2003

    Chomsky: the Joan Peters of the Left

    A. N. Chomsky is one of many experts on the Middle East who lines up to take pot shots at Joan Peters's book, From Time Immemorial. Like Peters, Chomsky contributes a valuable and well-informed, if sometimes inflexible, perspective on the Middle East's most intractable conflict. Also like Peters, however, Chomsky not infrequently succumbs to the temptation to propogandize, to the point that the factual value of his research is compromised. One notorious example of this is in his discussion of the Hebron massacre of 1929, where the victims were not Zionist settlers, but members of the indigenous Jewish population of Palestine. One might wonder why Chomsky is at such pains to deflect blame from the Arab perpetrators, blaming the incident on Zionist incitement. Conjecture: it is politically explosive to acknowledge that Palestinians (in this case, Jewish Palestinians) were expelled from their ancestral homes prior to 1948, and so a way to displace responsibility must be found. Another classic: Chomsky avers--with hand on heart, as it were--that the PLO scrupulously upheld its end of a ceasefire agreement, which Israel violated a great many times before commencing its invasion of Lebanon. Yet impartial readers might have liked to know that Israel's idea of a ceasefire included not only cross-border attacks but also international terrorism--terms which the PLO violated more than 200 times during the period in question. I believe that the perspective he brings is genuinely valuable at times, given the complexity of the conflict and the many angles from which it must be viewed, but, as with so many spinmeisters on the opposing side, Chomsky and his victims have ultimately cast more darkness on the subject than light.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    The Truth Behind the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    This book is thorough, logical, systematic, and irrefutable in the terms of what is really happening in the volatile middle east. Noam Chomsky, a Jewish American intellectual refutes claims made by pro israeli writers like Thomas Friedman and the like in a devastating fashion using proof after proof, documentation after documentation. You can't call him anti-semitic he is a Jew!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    you need to know this

    I've only read the first few chapters and I have learnt more about the conflict in the Middle East than I have in the past ten years. The ammount of research that Chomsky has done is incredible. Read this book and forget about constantly watching the news and trying to follow the 'peace process'. Now you know what is really going on!

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