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Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts About the U.S.-Israeli Relationship Paperback – March 1, 1995


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Lawrence Hill & Co (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556522398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556522390
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,799,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Findley is a former congressman who now serves as an active public-interest spokesman for the Palestinian cause. As in his previous work, They Dare To Speak Out ( LJ 8/85; Lawrence Hill, 1989. rev. ed.), he here outlines a virulent anti-Israeli position. Using provocative themes to set the tone, he delves into three aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict: "Statehood and Conquest," "Collusion and Conflict," and "Perils to Peace." Basing his argument upon a simplistic notion that all problems can be separated into two clear and unequivocal ideal positions of right and wrong, Findley popularizes a highly complex social and political conflict. A strongly partisan approach relying on straw man arguments; buy accordingly.
- Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The many supposed sins of Israel, as compiled by former Illinois congressman Findley (They Dare To Speak Out, 1989--not reviewed). The author groups his points of contention with Israel into 28 categories, including ``The Likud Government''; ``The Intifada''; ``Loan Guarantees for Israel''; ``Israel's Spying On America''; ``Israel and the UN''; and ``Israel's Claims to Palestine.'' After a brief introduction, he presents a kind of dialogue with himself, offering a ``fallacy'' about Israel (presented in white print in a black box), followed by a corrective ``fact'' (presented in black print in white box). Many of the fallacies and facts come off as vague or simplistic: That ``Israel Has Never Been Stronger,'' for example--an extremely complex issue--is rebutted to Findley's satisfaction in two paragraphs, and his concern with the American Israel Political Action Committee's typically overblown lobbyist statements is hard to take seriously. The heart of the matter for the author is the special relationship between Israel and the US, as well as his concern that America is being exploited by Israel, financially and otherwise. On this issue, Findley does cut close to the bone when discussing the Israeli bombing, in 1967, of the US intelligence ship Liberty (34 Americans dead, 171 wounded) and the cover-up that followed in both countries. His criticism of Israel's relation to the UN (and the astounding American threat to withdraw from that organization if Israel were to be suspended for failing to abide by UN resolutions) is substantive, and his discussion on Israel's use of the Jewish diaspora to promote espionage (as in, he alleges, the Pollard case) is provocative, if shallow. The big problem here, though, is Findley's utterly partisan tone and his refusal to create a real global and historic context for his accusations. For the most part, a strident and unconvincing polemic. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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170 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on May 22, 2002
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"Deliberate Deceptions" is the second Paul Findley book I have read. The first, of course, was "They Dare to Speak Out." Findley, a former congressman from Illinois, is a crusader for truth in the relationship between Israel and the United States. In "They Dare to Speak Out," Findley discusses the sinister influence of the pro-Israel lobby on American government. In this book, Findley broadens his criticism well beyond the borders of lobbying. The importance of Findley's books take on additional dimensions of meaning since the terrorist attacks of last summer.
"Deliberate Deceptions" exposes serious concerns about Israeli-U.S. relations. Findley argues, convincingly, that Israel is an aggressive, hostile state that will stop at nothing to further its own ends at the expense of others. Israel suctions billions of dollars out of U.S. coffers, with special deals on loans and military hardware that no other country in the world gets. Israel also has the bomb and refuses to allow international inspections of its facilities in the Negev desert. Findley reveals Israel's spy networks in the United States, its cozy relationship with the South African government (during the Apartheid era), and its tendency to resell American military technologies for self-enrichment. The amount of statements and evidence Findley marshals is both amazing and disgusting. Where is the United States government when all of this is happening? It's in large part our government that reinforces this bad behavior. Politicians, according to Findley, are scared of Israel's lobby and influence. The result is that the U.S. turns a blind eye to these shenanigans.
The Palestinians are the primary victims of Israel's aggression.
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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2002
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For those who find themselves confused and misinformed, because of the sheer flow of distorted information and propaganda regarding the Palestinian question and Middle East crisis, I would strongly recommend this book. Here Findley portraits, in a readable and simple fashion, the basic illusions under which the american public has been nurtured, regarding the true intentions and policies of the theocratic government in Israel, and the suppression of palestinians fundamental human rights.
This is a book that must be read to aquire a more balanced view of the Middle East drama, specially now that the fundamental right of a Palestinian State to exist is being again denied by the ortodox driven government of Sharon.
Here you will find, in a very simple and understandable presentation, the basic information about the British ill fated handling of the palestinian land; the meaning of the Balfour Declaration; an explanation of the U.N. Resolutions regarding the State of Israel and its policies; and revealing facts about the deceptions and the wars that have been fought, not usually presented in a truthful manner to the american voters.
Only if the true facts are known, and this is why one must read this book, the appalling tragedy of the palestinian people can be understood. Only then, will it be possible for the U.S. to shape a different foreign policy towards the Middle East based on the premise that all fanatical and totalitarian views must be abandoned, including those of the right wing in Israel, in order to seek a solution to the problem. The U.S. has unduly financed and permitted, through a miopic view of the situation, the furtherance of an expansionistic vision by Sharon, and the destruction of Palestinian Authority.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By K A PETERSON on May 8, 2003
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BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS PUBLISHED ON THIS HORRENDOUS DRAIN ON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS DOLLERS. PAUL FINDLEY IS A TRUE AMERICAN TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM OPENLY AND WITH ENDLESS DOCUMENTATION. VERY BALANCED ON THE FALLACYS AND FACTS. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO SOMEONE WANTING TO UNDERSTAND THE LOPSIDED PRO ISRAELI ATTATUDE IN AMERICAN GOVERMENT AND THE MEDIA.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
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Findley has researched his subject carefully and is in a personal position to know what he's talking about. The American-Isreali relationship richly deserves the close scrutiny he has given it in this book. A must read for anyone interested in the current situation in the Middle East.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1998
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Findley's book represents a very fine introduction any person could have to the topic of Israel, Palestine and the United States. It covers almost all major historical points of the conflict, as well as Israeli-American relations and the Israeli Lobby. Findley's goal is to present the many wrong doings of Israel toward Palestinians, Arabs, AND Americans; he certainly is not trying to present a balanced view on the topic. This book is an alternative to the view presented by Western media which, in my view, is almost dedicated to vindicating Israel from most of its wrong doings.
In the introduction Findley explains how, countrary to what is being presented to the public, the Israeli left (Labor) is actually more dangerous than the right (Likud) in the sense that both work towards the same goals (e.g. increase illegal settlements), but while the right does it in-your-face style, the left preach one thing while doing the other. In the book, Findley also talks about the many Arab initiatives for peace offers and how Israel turned them all down as they included the return of Israel to the June 4th, 1967 line to which Israel opposes.
Many times the breadth covered in the book limits the depth of the addressed issue. On the whole however, for a beginner who gets his news from the usual sources: CBS, CNN, NBC, ABC, U.S News & World Report, NY Times, Washington Post, Findley's book is the missing link and a major hole filler. Most of the issues discussed in it are rarely, or addressed only in-the-passing in the main stream. These include: Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and the U.S. refusal to conduct a propper followup investigation, Israeli cooperation with Apartheid S.
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