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Open Secretsby Israel Shahak
Synopses & Reviews
‘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
Shahak unmasks the expansionist reality of Israeli foreign and nuclear policy and analyses its effect on the future of Middle Eastern politics.
Second volume of Deutscher prize-winning trilogy on the future of IR, tracing the defining characteristics of 'foreign encounters' over time.
Israel's foreign policy is perceived to be essentially a defensive one by the international community. Why then is it the only nuclear power which refuses to sign the Non-Poliferation Treaty? What are its true foreign and nuclear policies? Using the Hebrew press as his main source, veteran human rights campaigner Israel Shahak reveals Israel's strategic foreign policy as presented through its own domestic media: ie what other Israeli Jews are told. He argues that the Israeli government, with the support of the US Jewish lobby, are conducting a global policy aiming to control virtually the whole of the Middle East for their own purposes.
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).
Table of Contents
Foreword by Christopher Hitchens
Part I Censorship
1. The Struggle Against Military Censorship and the Quality of the Army
Part II Foreign Relations
2. Israel Strategic Aims and its Nuclear Weapons
3. Syrian Cities and Relations with Saddam Hussein
4. Israel Versus Iran
5. Israel Foreign Policy After the Oslo Agreement
6. Coalition Building Against Iran
7. Israeli Foreign Policy, August 1994
8. Israeli Policies Towards Iran and Syria
Part III Israeli Foreign Trade
9. Trade Between Israel and the Arab States
10. Israel Trade with Arab Countries: Drugs and Vegetables
Part IV American Jews
11. Israel and the Organised American Jews
12. The Pro-Israeli Lobby in the US and the Inman Affair
Part V Oslo and After
13. The Real Significance of the Oslo Accord
14. Analysis of Israeli Policy: The Priority of the Ideological Factor
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