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The Iron Wall
by Avi Shlaim
Book Review with commentary

We cannot say enough about this book. Written by an Israeli insider, it is an authoritative easy read, and provides reasonable interpretations of the evidence available.
Update 24 June 2007

"The Jewish State"

Like most founders of movements, Herzl was an idealist and like Marx and others, his Zionist ideals foundered on the rocky shores of reality. Herzl was a Hungarian jounalist. In covering the Dreyfus affair for a Vienna newspaper he was incensed over the associated anti-semitism. His response was to compose a pamphlet, Der Judenstaat, in which he argued that the Jews should have their own state.
The Promise of Moderation

Marwan Muasher

Extended Book Review

This book should be read in conjunction with Uri Savir's great book on the Oslo Accords, The Process. Both are examples of how moderation can replace war. Each comes from highly placed authors from opposite sides of the Palestinian problem. And each illustrates how entrenched the war machines are on both sides of the great divide otherwise known as the Iron Wall separating the Zionists from Palestine, not to mention the rest of the world. Oddly enough, one of the founders of Zionism (Ze'ev Jabotinsky) predicted just this result if his compatriots did not mend their extreme ways. Jabotinsky had a social insight as rare in his time as it is in ours. Muasher and Savir are modern-day examples with Jabotinsky's insights. They each tried to pick up the pieces of broken machines in the Middle East.
League of Nations 1922

(Excerpts in italics from

"In accordance with the principles of the Balfour Declaration and Article 22 of the League Covenant, the League of Nations drew up the Mandate for Palestine, tailor-made by the British.
Ralph Schoenman

Extended Book Review via quotations.

When Schoenman says the history of Zionism is hidden, he is right on the button. For example:

Conceptual Origin of Israel: p 18 “In 1840, when there were over 1,000 socially-cohesive villages in Palestine, Lord Palmerston in Britain to propose ... the founding of a consulate in Jerusalem, to propose, presciently, the founding of a European settler colony to ‘preserve the larger interests of the British Empire.’ “
Theodor Herzl: The Jewish State Chapter 6. “Will people say, again, that our enterprise is hopeless, because even if we obtained the land with supremacy over it, the poor only would go with us? It is precisely the poorest whom we need at first. Only the desperate make good conquerors. Will some one say: Were it feasible it would have been done long ago? It has never yet been possible; now it is possible. A hundred -- or even fifty years ago it would have been nothing more than a dream. Today it may become a reality. Our rich, who have a pleasurable acquaintance with all our technical achievements, know full well how much money can do. And thus it will be: just the poor and simple, who do not know what power man already exercises over the forces of Nature, just these will have the firmest faith in the new message. For these have never lost their hope of the Promised Land.”
Courting Imperial Favor: p 19 “By 1905, the Seventh World Zionist Conference had to acknowledge that the Palestinian people were organizing a political movement for national independence from the Ottoman Empire—a threat not merely to Turkish rule, but to the Zionists designs.”
The Balfour Declaration: 2 Nov 1917 “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home of the Jewish People, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object….” P 20. “…The Balfour Declaration also contained a passage intended to lull Arab feudal leaders shocked by the treachery of the British Empire in handing over to the Zionists the very land in which Arab self-determination had been promised: It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine….” Arthur Balfour, in memoranda to officials was explicitly brutal: “Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad is rooted in present needs [of the British Empire], in future hopes of far profounder import than the desires of the 700,000-plus Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.” In his Iron Wall, Vladimir Jabotinsky wrote in 1923: “There can be no discussion of voluntary reconciliation between us and the Arabs, not now, and not in the foreseeable future. …Try to find one example when the colonization of a country took place with the agreement of the native population. Such an event has never occurred.”
Colonizing Palestine This was a thirty-year endeavor: “In 1917, there were 56,000 Jews in Palestine and 644,000 Palestinian Arabs. In 1922, there were 83,794 Jews and 663,000 Arab. In 1931, there were 174,616 Jews and 750,000 Arabs. …By 1931, 20,000 peasant families had been evicted by the Zionists. …Arab rural society was being destroyed by the process of colonization.” In 1936, the Arabs revolted. The 20,000 British soldiers sent to quell the rebellion began losing ground in 1938. At this point, the British turned to the well-organized Zionists for help. Between them, the Haganah (police) and Irgun (military) comprised a force of 15,000 well trained men--all Zionists. A year later the Zionist forces numbered 14,411, organized in 63 mechanized units of eight–ten men. The tide was turned. From this point Zionist Militarism picks up the thread of Zionist history. After WWII America became Israel’s sponsor. See Jabotinsky
Ways Forward suggested by Schoenman include: “Zionist state is at once a species of capitalism class rule and an extension of the U.S. imperial power in the region, the struggle against Zionism becomes, programmatically, a struggle for a socialist Palestine and, as the dawn follows the long night, a struggle for a socialist Arab East—from the Mediterranean to the Gulf.” “There is no short cut to liberation, as the century-old ordeal of the Palestinian people has shown. The road to victory will only be shortened when leadership arises which knows its direction and proposes the path in a language which enlists the people, mobilizes them in their own behalf, and exposes fearlessly the false leaders dangerously in the way.” “The Palestinian answer to the Zionist and imperialist schemes can be found in the stone-throwing children of Jabliya, the Beach Camp, Balata, and Dheieheh. For this, Jabotinsky was obliged by them to acknowledge, is a people, a living people—not rabble, but a conscious people fighting with stones and sling shots against the fourth largest military in the world.”

Schoenman’s book is well annotated by numerous references. For more on our takes, see Zionism for links.

What is there about the Palestinians that people hate them so? Do the Jews hate them because they refuse to be treated like cattle?
Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky

Brief Biography

An ardent Zionist, Jabotinsky tried to warn his more radical cohorts about how tough it would be to subdue the Palestinians.
Updated 28 July 2006

To some the Bush Doctrine is better defined by his actions than by his words or something on paper. Others take the trouble to interpret his words in a favorable light, such is politics, regardless of party.
Willaim Pfaff; Tribune Media Services International.

31 May 2007

Selected excerpts on how to murder a nation while saving it. [Commentary]

"Paris, April 26, 2007 –

The disputed wall in Baghdad, meant to separate Sunnis from Shia, is the admission, as if another were needed, that the situation in Iraq is out of American control. It is a desperate measure, taken in despair of anything better.
Independence Declared 1948
Joined UN 1949

Events leading up to statehood.

Two previous studies (2003 and 2009) were done on the Internet relating monotheism to violence. Here we add additional data that permit a deeper look. Toward that end the same eight "religions" (Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Christianity, Atheism as a control, Hinduism, and Confucianism) along with four phrases:
  • "religious violence,"
  • "ethnic violence,"
  • "religious intolerance,"
  • "ethnic intolerance,"
were used. The word pairs were not connected by "and" as in the earlier studies--inserting "and" returned virtually no data. The tabulated columns pay attention to the "Atheism Ratio" which ranks the various religions relative to Atheism on a per-capita basis. Google and Yahoo were used to develop the associations between the number of returns (as proxy for actual events) and the religion/violence phrases.

To say the least, we were surprised by the results. When paired with Judaism on both search engines, all phrases, positive or negative, returned top results relative to atheism and the other seven religions.
The only thing new in the world is the history that you don't know.
Harry S. Truman

May 2004

Dear Mr. President

You and your Neocon pals won two wars in a heartbeat. Hats off to you and our military. You made good use of tools developed by others, including the "feckless Clinton," to borrow a Neocon phrase.
Iraq Occupation & "Reconstruction"

If you have bought into the claim that pacifists are identical to passivists, you are not alone.
Updated: 6 Feb 2007

Theodor Herzl is rightly known as the father of Zionism. His appeal was first of all to Jews in the diaspora.

Conservatism as we know it today is a far cry from that of Theodore Roosevelt, and further still from the party of Lincoln.
Islam in the Middle East and Europe -- Some Ramifications of Cultures in Conflict
Updated 21 Mar 2007

Since terror is all about psychology; so also its countering must be. We are up to it. And it will take a long time, a generation--or three or four--all the more reason to get started.
The Authoritarian Personality
Theodor Adorno et al 1950
Book Review With Commentary

Theodor Adorno, along with Else Frenkel-Brunswick, Daniel Levinson, and R. Nevitt Sanford, produced a monumental work that illustrated why ordinary Germans were so caught up in Nazi anti-semitism and racism during WWII.

See Bush Doctrine for actual statements

President Bush declared:
"Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists."

Of course Mr. Bush was beating the drums of war.
Nine Steps Toward Integration
Updated 07 Apr 2008

On this website you can find procedures for how people, tribes, and nations can improve relationships with one another. And you can find avenues, some already paved, toward peace.
On inauguration day, George Mitchell became Obama's man in the Middle East. Mitchell won his negotiating spurs in North Ireland, bringing peace to an extended period of violence between Catholic Irish sympathizers and Protestant sympathizers with the British. The issue was who should rule the land.

The issue in Palestine is basically similar, but with a very different history.
Updated 18 May 2008

Public figures in the US have called suicide terrorists crazy cowards. They say that the goals of such terrorists are senseless destruction and that terrorists thrive in poverty and ignorance. President Bush called the 9/11 hijackers "evil cowards."

In 1937 the Peel commission recommended that Palestine be partitioned. That seems simple enough, but 65 years later it is still pie in the sky.

There have been some hopeful events, like the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel, and the Camp David and Oslo Accords. Otherwise the history has been one of discord, displacement, war and terror.
Some Ramifications of Cultures in Conflict

Islam dates from 610 of the Common Era when, according to the Qur'an, the Prophet Mohammed had an experience that changed the history of the world.
Most Recent Update: 14 Mar 2010

Return to Natural History

Natural history, evident at first only from fossils of earlier times, became more readable with the advent of the scientific method. Social evolution evolved apace among the more advanced eukaria, in that survival of a species depended in part upon its behavior.
There are moments in history that become turning points. The election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States may be such a moment. Time will tell. But we can be hopeful that recent mutual divisiveness becomes one of outreach and dialogue. Among the hopeful signs is Obama's speech in Cairo on 4 June 2009. Not only was it well received by most governments in the world of Islam, it was well received by Islamic moderates as well. A second harbinger of a turning point was the vocal responses by bin Laden and other radical groups--the Egyptian Brotherhood prominently. A single banner of "protest" was the only mar on the day. No shoes flew. There was warm applause on occasion. In the interest of accuracy we bring you Obama's own words as published by THE HUFFINGTON POST.

For upadates and commentary see also: Google and Yahoo.

See James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute, for an accurate, succinct recap.

See Commentary for some of our thoughts.