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ISBN-13: 978-0745311517 ISBN-10: 0745311512 Edition: First Edition

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‘Shahak has the courage to to say what most Israelis do not dare to say and definitely do not want to hear ... [He is a knowledgeable insider who builds his argument carefully on the best information ... The lessons to be drawn from what Shahak tells us are self-evident ... Open Secrets and Jewish History, Jewish Religion are two remarkable, powerful and provocative studies offering a penetrating examination of Israeli strategic foreign policies and Jewish religion and history.’ --London Review Of Books
‘As a critic of Zionism and as an opponent of Jewish exclusivity, Israel Shahak is special. He possesses in-depth knowledge of Israeli society, Jewish culture and the history of his people. His humanitarian concerns and commitments are extensive; his work as a human rights campaigner ... is enormous ... Shahak provides insights [in Open Secrets that are often far more penetrating than what has been written by others ... Little of the information and few of the insights in Open Secrets can be found in other books that focus on Israel and the Middle East ... Open Secrets is an excellent book for required reading in History, political science and/or international affairs courses in which there is consideration of Israel in the Middle East.’ --The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
'Outstanding ... A must not only for the Palestinians, but for anybody interested in Israeli politics' The Jerusalem Times ‘Offers readers an interesting insight into the mentality of the Zionists, based largely on Hebrew sources which non-Jews are unable to access.’ --Crescent International

About the Author

Israel Shahak was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there until his death in 2001. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press 1999) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto Press 1994).


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Product Details

  • Series: Film/Fiction; 2
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745311512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745311517
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,423,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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114 of 134 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
To call this book an expose would be silly. Everybody knows that Israel has a (secret) stockpile of THE ultimate weapons of mass-destruction. The reasons for the reluctance of public figures to avoid this universally known truth would fill libraries, no doubt. What this book brings into focus is the frightening reality that many players in the Israeli establishment, military and otherwise, see the use of such weapons as an inevitable response to any military setback which might under other circumstances necessitate a soul-searching peace-seeking negotiation with a military counterpart. How near such a response has been is a disgraceful indictment of all things American Pie. Don't read this book if you treasure your Reader's Digest/CNN/Disneyworld kindergarten version of the heroic struggle for Israel. More of us must listen to the few truly heroic voices - like Shahak's - before the removal of this Millenium colonial tyranny becomes even more difficult. Shame and forgiveness. Peace and unity. May the peace and tranquility of God descend upon us all. Amen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JL on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
The more things change, the more they stay the same. The current Israeli war against Hezbollah and Hamas once again points out the futility of wars against ideas. The "war on terrorism" has no particular targets or goals and so, like the "war on drugs," it will fail. Israel may be able to assassinate today's independent-minded Arab leaders, but more will arise tomorrow. Short of killing everyone that is not a Jew, Israel will continue into the future to face opposition to its current behavior in Palestine.

Middle Eastern politics, particularly when it involves Israel, is a complete mystery to most Americans. Reading the late Dr. Israel Shahak's "Open Secrets" is certainly enlightening. The book is a series of essays published at least 10 years ago. Re-reading this book, one assumes that it was written within the last six months. Especially relevant is the essay "Israeli foreign policy - 1994." War then (as it is now) was not initiated by the government but by those really in change - "army generals, intelligence seniors and high officials." The government and Prime Minister rubber-stamp decisions that have either already been implemented or approves operations when the troops have already started shooting. Thus, the current war is merely the policy of a clique with an agenda and not the expressed wishes of the people. With a media fully supportive of the government line and the only superpower on earth supplying unconditional military and political support, the people's attitude may be easily obtained after-the-fact. Ten years ago, Israel knew little about Hezbollah. Since Hezbollah has not yet capitulated in the current round of violence, it is likely that the level of knowledge today has not changed.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James on February 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The late Jewish author, Israel Shahak, explains in great detail the interconnections between U.S. and Israeli policies in both the middle east and Latin America and how these policies affect both countries and the world.
Consider the current situation with North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan... this book is prophetic. This book details why China and North Korea will talk to Israel when negotiating indirectly witht he United States. If ever there was a time to understand the web of communications between countries such as North Korea, Syria, China, Israel, Columbia and others, now is it. I read this book over a year ago, and now come back to write a review because of its renewed importance in light of recent developments (2003).
Read about Saddam Hussein's failed attempt to make peace with Israel, and more! Long before 9-11, this book WARNS its readers of the serious terrorist threat that would come out of Afghanistan! Prophetic. A book that details information with such accuracy, makes predictions that come to realization, is certainly a book worthy of information-hungry men and women the world over.
Going back and re-reading this book is like a visit with Nostradamus. I HIGHLY recommend this book as it will provide you with a strong understanding of what's behind U.S. moves on Iraq, relative silence towards North Korea and more.
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