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The General's Son book. Read 72 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In , a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Pel. Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal – Bonn. In , a tragedy struck the family of Israeli -American Miko Peled. His year-old niece Smadar was killed by suicide. download The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine by Miko Peled, Alice Walker (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. Everyday low prices .

Hope for Peace The Next Generation Abu Ali Shahin Endorsement from Susan Abulhawa. I imagine it cannot be an easy path… This is an important book, full of hope and inspiration for a shared destiny between Palestinians and Israelis based on mutual respect and equal rights. Endorsement from Uri Avnery. Matti Peled, the general of the title, was a remarkable personality. An underground fighter, a combat soldier and an architect of the Israeli army that won the Six-day War, he was a militaristic hawk before becoming an outstanding peace activist.

The man who pushed the Israeli government into the war turned into one of the most implacable enemies of the occupation that resulted from it.

During the twenty years we were close associates in this endeavor, I sometimes wondered how it was for a boy to grow up in the shadow of such a headstrong father. In this candid account, Miko Peled tells us how he followed in the footsteps of the general, from parachutist to fighter for peace, although his beloved year-old niece was killed by suicide bombers.

A fascinating story that provides much food for thought. Endorsement from Landrum Bolling. Miko Peled has written a fascinating book about his illustrious father — military hero, defiantly independent peace-activist politician and Ph.

But this is in no way a conventional biography of a multi-talented great man. Rather, it is a penetrating, honest analysis of the core beliefs and courageous lives lived by an iconic Jewish leader and his remarkable family. A family that, though part of the national Zionist political-military establishment, have long reached out with empathetic concern for the Palestinians under Israeli occupation control — and who continue to agitate for a just peace acceptable to both Jews and Arabs.

Endorsement from Seymour Hersh. This is a brilliantly rendered father and son saga amidst a background that evokes Greek mythology.

The father was an Israeli hero in the fight for independence and the subsequent wars that led to Israeli dominance, and a brutal occupation. The father and son difficulties can never escape the bigger picture. This is a story of admiration—and anger. Endorsement from Walid Khalidi. Miko did not automatically follow in the footsteps of his remarkable father—a hawkish general turned Arabist and early proponent of a two-state solution in dialogue with the PLO.

Instead, we are privileged to accompany the author on his own fascinating internal odyssey—a journey of self-education and cumulative critique of Zionist premises and Israeli practices culminating in poignant advocacy of a unitary binational state anchored in common humanity.

Endorsement from Ralph Nader. The story of Miko Peled, his mother and father, reveals how facts, compassion and a universal sense of justice took hold and inspires this energetic and informed voice for peace. Out of personal pain and sober reflection on the past comes this powerful narrative of transformation, empowerment and commitment.

Endorsement from Azzam Tamimi. What the Palestinians did not have, the one thing in which they did not invest was a military. And while they constituted the vast majority of the population, when the Jewish militias attacked, they were helpless. The Jewish community in Palestine at the time was small, numbering less than half a million people but it had developed its own state like institutions separate from those of the Palestinians.

Based on the principle of Hafrada, or segregation, they had developed their own schools, a nationalized health care system, a quasi government and a strong, well trained militia with young men like my father who were dedicated to creating a Jewish state in Palestine disregarding the existence of the vast majority of the population who were, Palestinians.

In the Jewish militia became the Israeli army but between the end of and the beginning of they destroyed close to towns and villages and exiled close to , Palestinians who to this day are not permitted to return. So, it turns out that the creation of Israel had not, after all, been a haphazard fight in which the Arabs fled their homes due to the directives of their own leaders. It had been a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing by the Jewish militia involving massacres, terrorism, and the wholesale looting of an entire nation.

My mother remembers the homes of the Palestinians who were forced to leave West Jerusalem. She herself was offered one of those beautiful spacious homes but refused. She could not bear the thought of living in the home of a family that was forced out and now lives in a refugee camp. She said the coffee was still warm on the tables as the soldiers came in and began the looting. She remembers the truckloads of loot, taken by the Israeli soldiers from these homes.

Once the state was established, Israel had worked tirelessly to efface the remnants of prior Palestinian existence by demolishing towns and villages and historic sites including an estimated two thousand mosques. In one interview a veteran brigade commander of was asked if it was true that the Jewish forces burned down Arab villages. They are Arabs in a Jewish state and they are citizens of a state that is despised by all its neighbors.

Another widely accepted Zionist myth is that in Israel had to defend itself against an existential threat as invading Arab armies were about to wipe it off the face of the earth. And it just so happened that miraculously the Israelis won and conquered lands to the north, east and south defeating three massive armies.

Well, setting aside the countless books that have been written in Hebrew, English and Arabic and documentaries that were filmed and disprove this myth, and clearly show that Israel attacked in order to conquer, as part of the research for my book, I sat for days at the Israeli army archives reading through the minutes of the meetings of the Israel army general staff. Here is another quote from my book: In a stormy meeting of the IDF top brass and the Israeli cabinet that took place on the 2nd of June, , my father General Matti Peled told the cabinet in no uncertain terms that the Egyptians needed at least a year and a half in order to be ready for a full scale war.

His point was that the time to strike a devastating blow against the Egyptian army was now, not because of an existential threat but because the Egyptian army is NOT prepared for war. The other generals agreed. But the cabinet was hesitant. The cabinet members and Prime Minister and a tug-of-war of unimaginable proportions ensued.

He is convinced that we will not strike.

Your hesitation is working in his advantage. Years later this was confirmed by other Generals, including the butcher Ariel Sharon. In the end the cabinet succumbed to the enormous pressure placed on them by the generals and approved a pre-emptive attack against Egypt, that began on June 5, After the campaign against Egypt went so smoothly, the generals, turned their attention to the West Bank and the Golan Heights, two regions Israel had coveted for many years.

Both had strategic water resources and hills overlooking Israeli territory, and the West Bank contained the heartland of Biblical Israel, and the crown jewel, the Old city of Jerusalem. In six days it was all over. Arab casualties were estimated at 15,, 15, dead in 6 days! Israeli casualties , and the territory controlled by Israel had nearly tripled in size.

Israel had in its possession not only land and resources it had wanted for a long time, but also the largest stockpiles of Russian-made arms outside of Russia. Israel had once again asserted itself as a major regional power. Now here is where something of immense proportion takes place: remember this was 46 years ago At a meeting of the General Staff after the Six Day War, Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin was beaming with the glory of victory.

But when the meeting was nearing its end, my father raised his hand. He was called on, and he spoke of the unique chance the victory offered—to solve the Palestinian problem once and for all.

The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Now we had a chance to offer them a state of their own in the West Bank and Gaza. It would turn the Jewish state into an increasingly brutal occupying power and eventually into a bi-national state. This was nothing short of prophetic as today we live this exact reality. As he was saying this, the future leaders of the Intifada the Palestinian uprising were still lying in their cradles.

He claimed that Israel needed to talk with whoever represented the Palestinian people, the people with whom we shared this land. He believed only peace with the Palestinians could ensure our continued existence as a state that was both Jewish and democratic. Now, all these years later people talk of creating a Palestinian state in the WB but that option no longer exists. The myth of Israel being a democracy is still being perpetuated even in light of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

While Jewish Israelis over there and AIPAC over here like to think they are the only rightful citizens of their land and will argue that they live in a democracy, this is far from being true.

Israel has been in control of the West Bank for over four decades and had built and invested heavily in the West Bank. But Palestinians who make up the vast majority of the population in the West Bank are excluded from any of it. Some democracy. And that is not the worst of it. Water, the scarcest resource of all is controlled and distributed by the Israeli water authority, including the large amounts of water that exists within the WB.

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According to Betselem, the Israeli human rights organization the ground water from the Mountain Aquifer is a shared water source for Israeli and Palestinians. It is the largest and highest quality water source in the area, producing million cubic meters mcm of water annually.

The daily per capita consumption in Israel is liters, the consumption in the West Bank is 73 liters per person. As absurd as it sounds Palestinian farmers are prohibited from digging wells on their own land. When seen as a per year distribution it is even more alarming. Israel distributes the water as follows: Per capita, Israeli Jews receive cubic meters of water per year.

Per capita Palestinians receive 85 cubic meters per year. World Health Organization recommends per year Per capita, Jewish settlers in the WB are allocated cubic meters of water per year. In other words while Palestinians have barely enough to drink, Jewish settlers not yards away have swimming pools and green lawns. So does anyone seriously think that this can go on forever? Democracy indeed. Now in light of the peoples uprising in the Middle East we can expect to see dictatorial regimes falling like dominos.

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Can we expect that 5 million Palestinians will continue to live under a regime, that is democratic for Jews but is a brutally oppressive one to Palestinians?

There are close to 6 million Israel Jews and 5. My father who was a military giant but had also spent years fighting for justice for the Palestinian cause, was often asked about the question of Palestinian terrorism. But the fact remains that when a small nation is ruled by a larger power, terror is the only means at their disposal.

This has always been true, and I fear this will always be the case. The work of the Israel lobby in this country not withstanding, people around the world are beginning to realize that there are in fact two nations who live between the Jordan River and the Med sea and that the brutal regime under which Palestinians live is unacceptable.

It was held a couple of months ago in Balboa Park.

You were draped in the Israeli flag, singing and dancing as we who were there too, separated from you by a line of police and a sense of morality tried to recall the names of over dead, innocent civilians, police officers, children, women and men who were killed by the state of Israel in a matter of three weeks. Those were three weeks of such death and destruction that one can hardly comprehend. I recall stories of the Israeli air force pilots who flew sortie after sortie, dumping hundreds of tons of bombs on Gaza, exposing a civilian population to unimaginable horror and then returning home to their families to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukah, you see the attacks took place during Hanukah.

Then these pilots, having enjoyed the celebration slept well in the comfort of their homes and their beds only to get up the next morning and do it again, and again, and again. I recall that during the vigil you who were draped in the Israeli flag held signs that told of the warning the Israeli army gave the people of Gaza prior to the attacks.

They dropped thousands of leaflets to let the besieged people of Gaza know that this nightmare was about to begin. I can only imagine the mother who saw the warnings.

So for the Israeli air force pilots, young men who Israelis and Jewish Zionists everywhere consider their finest, this was nothing more than shooting fish in a barrel as they began their merciless onslaught at precisely am on December 27, A date that will forever be etched in our memory as one of the darkest and most shameful days in the long history of the Jewish people.

A day when the Jewish State committed horrendous shameful crimes by dropping hundreds of tons of bombes at the precise time that Gaza children were out on the street. Between 11 and AM , children of Gaza are on their way to school or returning home from school, it is at this time that the two shifts of the school day change.

That was the time chosen by the Israeli decision makers to begin the assault.Israel has been in control of the West Bank for over four decades and had built and invested heavily in the West Bank.

Learn how your comment data is processed. World Health Organization recommends per year Per capita, Jewish settlers in the WB are allocated cubic meters of water per year.

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