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

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

by Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said


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Chomsky's seminal tome on Mideast politics, a classic in the fields of political science and Mideast affairs, now includes a new introduction, a foreword by Edward Said, and new chapters on the Palestinian uprising, the ongoing "peace process" (including the Oslo and Wye accords), and Israel's war on Lebanon. This new, updated edition highlights the book's lasting relevance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896086012
Publisher: South End Press
Publication date: 04/01/1999
Series: South End Press Classics Series Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Editionix
1Fanning the Flames1
2The Origins of the "Special Relationship"9
3Rejectionism and Accommodation39
4Israel and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds89
5Peace for Galilee181
7The Road to Armageddon441
8The Palestinian Uprising473
9"Limited War" in Lebanon515
10Washington's "Peace Process"533

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Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (Updated Edition) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ts. on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading several of Chomsky's books, I have more and more respect for this author and thinker. He is a meticulous historian and political analyst, and his critics should read his works before attacking him.This book is a compendium of facts, figures, quotes, and analysis that comprise the truth behind the complicated politics of the Middle East. Chomsky is an honorable follower to the likes of Orwell, and cuts through all the media campaigns, falsehoods, lies, and general misinformation pertaining to the Middle East and its conflicts.The book is a tough read, and is more like a disgorgement of information from a mind that has researched the topic at hand for years with meticulous effort. Around half of the book follows general Israeli policy and politics, as well as Palestinian politics and American foreign policy. The other half is about these policies as they pertain to the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and Chomsky knows his stuff, there is no doubt about that. Every claim, every statement, every quote, and every fact is scrupulously cited. He is not in the business of convincing or converting, he is distinctly in the business of telling the truth the best he can.As for the people who question why they should read this book, as much of it is about an old war, and old politics?My answer is because it is important. Without this knowledge how can you possibly have an opinion regarding the on goings in the Middle East? These facts and the figures in the political scene were the same as they are now. To understand the conflicts, you must give this book a read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. This book should be required reading in all of the West.A+
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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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!