Middle East Illusions: Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood

Middle East Illusions: Including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood

by Noam Chomsky
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

What are the roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and how has it been influenced by the United States? Why has the U.S.-brokered "peace process" repeatedly failed to deliver peace? What are the prospects for a just resolution? What interests underlie current U.S. strategic doctrines in the Middle East, especially in its redeclared "war on terrorism" after 9-11,

Overview

What are the roots of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and how has it been influenced by the United States? Why has the U.S.-brokered "peace process" repeatedly failed to deliver peace? What are the prospects for a just resolution? What interests underlie current U.S. strategic doctrines in the Middle East, especially in its redeclared "war on terrorism" after 9-11, and how do we look beyond them to find more peaceful and viable alternatives?These are among the current and long-standing questions Noam Chomsky takes up in his newest book. Middle East Illusions presents recent chapters written by the author about the myths behind the peace process, the second Palestinian Intifada (which began in September 2000 and continues today in defiance of Israeli repression), and the Bush administration's response to the September 11 attacks on the United States, including its drive toward another war with Iraq.Middle East Illusions also includes the full text of Chomsky's earlier book, Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood, written during the crucial period spanning the Six-Day and 1973 wars, events that continue to define and deeply influence the world today. It therefore presents in-depth analysis covering several decades, making it one of the richest of any analysis published about the region's geopolitics.Noam Chomsky is recognized internationally for his critical analysis of the Middle East. His thoroughly documented research draws on an immense range of sources, including Hebrew texts rarely discussed in the United States, declassified government planning documents, and other sources all too often overlooked in discussions of the U.S. role in thePalestinian-Israeli conflict.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Reviews
Answers divisive questions about the Israeli-Arab policy and U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
Publishers Weekly
Chomsky's scathing indictments of U.S. foreign policy have long divided readers, and this collection of essays about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is likely to do the same. Written during the last 30 years, these pieces display many characteristics of Chomsky's thought: a deep mistrust of U.S. and Israeli intentions and a desire to change the course of history. Chomsky is erudite, and some of the points are now standard in discussion about the Middle East, such as the contradiction of Israel being both a Jewish state and a democracy. But Chomsky reprints numerous dated talks-and some of these, while interesting historical relics, contain statements that haven't stood the test of time, such as a 1969 observation that "[b]oth international and domestic factors are more conducive to a peaceful resolution of the conflict than has been the case for some time." More recent pieces attack the Oslo peace process, which he sees as "neocolonialist" and resembling South African apartheid. Chomsky's alternative-a binational state-seems highly unlikely given the violence of the past few years. This book is also intriguing for what it omits: in his historical roundup, for instance, Chomsky fails to mention violent Arab riots against Jews before Israel's founding in 1948. For some leftist critics of the U.S. and Israel, this book will ring true. But for many readers-perhaps even some who read Chomsky's bestselling 9-11-it will seem one-sided. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Day By Day
This is a lucid, well-documented, first-class book that should be in every library.
The Bookseller
It's impossible not to agree with him most of the time, and I've yet to find a book of his that doesn't sell.
Sunday Times
Acting as a deliberately provocative American conscience, Chomsky argues that Israel behaves like a colonial power in the Occupied Territories. His indictments of casual American hypocrisy and abuse of power are important, and his thesis that Israel's actions, far from enhancing its security, compromise it by polarizing opinion both within Israel and beyond is reasonable.
Z Magazine
In Middle East Illusions, Noam Chomsky proposes an alternative resolution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine and questions the territory’s strategic and economic importance to the industrial powers, most notably the United States.
The Bookwatch
An intriguing, scholarly analysis of fateful errors and lasting impacts.
Foreword Reviews
Answers divisive questions about the Israeli-Arab policy and U.S. involvement in the Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742533097
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Edition description:
UK EDITION
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Noam Chomsky, author of more than 80 books, is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He speaks regularly to audiences in the United States and throughout the world. The New York Times has described him as "an exploder of received truths."

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >