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Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948, Second Edition [Paperback]

Tanya Reinhart
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Book Description

Dec 7 2004 Open Media Series
In Israel/Palestine, Reinhart traces the development of the Security Barrier and Israel’s new doctrine of "disengagement," launched in response to a looming Palestinian-majority population. Examining the official record of recent diplomacy, including United States–brokered accords and talks at Camp David, Oslo, and Taba, Reinhart explores the fundamental power imbalances between the negotiating parties and identifies Israel’s strategy of creating facts on the ground to define and complicate the terms of any future settlement.
In this indispensable primer, Reinhart’s searing insight illuminates the current conflict and suggests a path toward change.

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"Israel / Palestine is the most devastating critique now available of Israel's policy toward the Palestinian people." -- Edward W. Said

"Reinhart accomplishes the formidable task of adding insight to a subject that is written about endlessly." -- The Nation

About the Author

TANYA REINHART is a professor of linguistics and cultural studies at Tel Aviv University and at the University of Utrecht. She is most well known academically for her contribution to theoretical linguistics. In 1994, following the Oslo agreements, which she viewed as a painful deception of the Palestinian people, and the setting of a sophisticated Apartheid regime, she turned to political writing. She has had a regular critical column in the biggest Israeli daily, Yediot Aharonot, as well as many other articles online. For more information, visit Reinhart's web site at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Undisputible facts May 3 2004
This is dynamite, I love it. I have been a friend of Israel's policy for a long time, mostly because of it well oiled military force (air force to be precise) and everything they've done. A purely professional, military opinion.
But it is reveling to read Tanya Reinhart, an expert on theoretical linguistics at Tel Aviv University, put forward all these facts about the conflict that has been hidden from the world community for more than half of a century. She also reveals what she calls "The Oslo Apartheid" and compares it with South Africans Apartheid system. It enlightes you I promise. It is objective and very well written.
She makes it clear that only an immediate and unconditional withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza can bring peace to the area. And she also states that in a 2002 survey 77 percent of Palestinians still agree that "both Israel and Palestine have the right to live in peace and security."
One of the most chocking facts are that the Israel's military force(taking order from the country's leaders), which is one of the most powerful in the world, also backed by the United States, deliberately shoots civilian Palestinians, not to kill, but to wound them and to practice. United States is of course the rouge state here. They block every UN resolution just to please the Jewish lobby in Washington D.C. And because of that Israel can continue to laugh at the UN Resolutions and crimes against the Geneva Conventions. It's a fact Serbians that committed war crimes face the Haag tribunal, but what about Israeli leaders, and of course Hamas terrorist.
To make peace USA HAVE to stop support Israel with money and guns. But as a student of international relations and political science at Halmstad University I recommend this book, it's great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Agressive pro-palestine view.... April 21 2004
I wanted to read a book on the israel/palestine issue. I've seen it on the TV, but I wanted a ring side view of the whole thing. For a beginner like me, I dont know if this was the book to read first. This is more of a book for people who are already aquainted with the basics. As a beginner book on the subject I would like a book which takes a neutral stand and explains both sides of the story. This book altho is a pro-palestine book written by an israli who is supposd to be one of israel's foremost critics on the israel's policly towards palestine. The book deals with
* The Oslo talks, Camp david, Beilin-Abu Mazen plan
* The Abu-Mazein plan
* Sharon's agressive military policy
* Ehud Barak's deceptive oslo talks.
* The peace process (clinton parameters),
* The Jenin Refuge camp massacre (with giant bulldozers..killing palestinians alive under their
own roofs)
* Inhumane conditions in the gaza strip and West bank.
* Lebanon's Hizabollah terrorist organisation.
* Israel's "Defensive shield" operation.
* Arafat as a weak and compromising leader.
* Issue of drawing state of palestine and dividing Jerusalem as capitals of both states.
On the whole this is a very sympathetic book from palestine point of view which says Isreal is purposely following a propoganda and wantedly administering self orchestrated terrorist bombing on civilians (authorised as per Israel Military) so as the gain an excuse to launch offsenive and extensive use of force counterstrikes against the palestinians in their enclosed electric fenced and caged refugee camps with air to surface warfare. Tanya claims the Israel's outlook into the whole affair is the mission of ethnic cleansing of Arabs from the Jewish community.
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Reinhart offers a brilliant analysis of Israel's aggressive and merciless policy toward the Palestinians. As has always been the case in the past, those who dare criticize Israel somehow always end up being called self-hate Jews, traitors or even anti-Semitists. Needless to say, this is a highly efficient strategy, the goal of which is to deter people from criticising the infallible and omnipotent Israelis. Reinhart, being a Jewish woman, has already been labelled a self-hate Jew and in many cases even a traitor. In this book, Reinhart carefully reviews the previous peace processes and explains why they all failed and what Israel and U.S. actually offered at Camp David. Contrary to a popular belief, Israelis did not offer to dismantle the already existing settlements or to stop building new settlements. Also, Reinhart exposes the myths about the peace process and rectifies the grossly misrepresented and distorted images of the peace plan as presented by corporate American media. According to Reinhart, because Israel anticipated a refusal by the Palestinians, Israel deliberately offered little. A refusal by the Palestinians is then automatically attributed to their intransigence and belligerence. The Palestinians are then portrayed by the mass media as war-mongering terrorists who strongly oppose the existence of the state of Israel while Israel comes off as generous and peace-loving. In spite of the U.N. resolution calling upon Israel to immediately withdraw from and stop building new settlements in the occupied areas, Israel continues building new settlements in a flagrant violation of international law and yet the mass media keep blaming the Palestinians. Any reasonable human being finds this extremely unjust and cynical. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars at last
For me this book begins to answer many of the questions I've had about the conflict, including:
(1) why have Palestinian negotiators been so "stubborn" about... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing Honesty and Wisdom
Professor Reinhart presents a history of the Israel/ Palestine conflict with coincides with at least four other books on this subject. Read more
Published on May 13 2003 by Charles Albert Homsy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewish Israeli dares to tell the truth
And how dare she? the zionists say. How dare she - an Israeli Jew herself - come out and tell the world the truth about Israel? Read more
Published on April 5 2003 by World Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading from Irrefutable Source
I am ordering two more copies of this book to lend to friends. It is essential reading from a respected Israeli academic for anyone wanting to have a real understanding of current... Read more
Published on March 26 2003 by Smitty88
5.0 out of 5 stars Straighhtforward, honest and fearless....
It's rare seeing an Israeli having the courage to stand up to it's government telling the world what it has done and how savagely it's been treating Palestinians. Read more
Published on March 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Unbiassed, and Challenges the Popular Notion
Despite the many detractors of this book, this book is a wonderful and honest piece on the current situation regarding Palestine and Israel. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by Edgar Hopida
2.0 out of 5 stars A Contradictory Title for a Contradictory Analysis
Reinhardt is a controversial figure in Israel, because last year she was one of about a half-dozen Israeli academics (she taught linguistics at a major Israeli university) who... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2003 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly misleading, one-sided and inaccurate.
This is yet another awful, extremely selective, one-sided publication showing only the Palestinian perspective. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003 by M. D Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Actually this is middle east science fact, and just to show that not everyone from new york rejects the reality of what's happening in israel/palestine, I thought I'd jump in here. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Middle East Science Fiction
If you only read one book about the conflict, this should emphatically not be it. Tanya Reinhart comes from the Noam Chomsky school of anti-Zionism (Chomsky was her PHD thesis... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003 by Amazon Customer
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