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The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Largely, however, the book is an account of Miko Peled's own life, and the evolution of his thinking about Israel. This autobiographical narrative, by a very likable and moral author, takes us step by step from unquestioning Zionism to condemnation of Israeli war crimes. For those who would condemn the morality of this intellectual journey, there are two obvious responses. First, read it.
Second, the false accusations of hating Israel that often result from any sensible proposal to protect Israel from its government cannot easily apply here, by the accusers' own logic, because the author dutifully performed his Israeli military service, and his father killed a huge number of people in the name of Israel.
Such shallow prejudices have no place in this book, which respectfully and non-confrontationally persuades the reader gradually, through the course of a self-questioning life's story, that much of what is commonly assumed about Israel is in fact the reverse of reality. The Peled family's military history is of less interest as superficial immunity from false accusations, than as a starting place for an argument that runs its course from the necessity of brutalizing Palestinians all the way through to the necessity of Israelis and Palestinians living together as friends and family.Read more ›
Each man began as a true believer in a Zionist state surrounded by bloodthirsty enemies. Both found, to their surprise, that they were, in fact, surrounded by kind and fascinating people steeped in centuries of culture who welcomed them as long as they came with good will and respect rather than weapons and contempt.
General Matti Peled's life took place largely at the center of the nascent state of Israel, as a revered general, commander, scholar, and politician. The candid portrayal of his experiences in the highest halls of power before, during, and after the 1967 war blow wide open the mainstream understanding of that conflict as a desperate war of pre-emptive defense. But his most intriguing adventures involved clandestine meetings with Palestinian leaders at a time when such things were utterly unheard of.
Miko's life, from his beginnings in Jerusalem through his days in the Israeli army, his martial arts training all over the world, and the tragedies that have touched his family, also make for deeply compelling reading. But again, the most affecting and fascinating parts come when he begins to overcome his fears and explore modern Palestine on his own, unarmed. To his shock, he finds that the Palestinians are engaging in heroic, but largely unsung, non-violent resistance, and the only people who threaten him there are Israeli soldiers.Read more ›
Until his niece's murder, Miko Peled had kept a distance from Israeli affairs, focusing instead on his passion/profession and on his growing family. Trying to understand the tragedy that befell his family, Miko Peled decided to try to get to know the "enemy". This book recounts his journey from perpetrator (during his years in the IDF) to bystander and then from victim to upstander. Even the most devoted student of Israel and Palestine will learn and gain insights from this book. Whatever your background, reading the book will at times be painful. More often, however, you will find yourself inspired and moved.
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Well written and insightful. The basic issue was addressed in an intelligent and honest way. That is, occupying someone else's home and homeland is not only unjust, but is doomed... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Doctor Paul
A very impressive read. I recommend the book highly to anyone wanting to find out more about Palestine and Israel.Published 13 days ago by Ruth Ewald Archer
The sequence of the book was a bit confusing however, it was overall a good read and wonderful for discussion.Published 1 month ago by Coco