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Unfortunately the book fails to be objective
am 17. September 1998
While Mr. Friedman is certainly a very prolific writer, his biased attitude towards the Israeli/Arab conflict clouds his critical thinking.
Mr. Friedman assigns Israel a majority of the blame for the Israeli/Palestinian delimna. After three hundred pages of this, (with the exception of a paragraph here or there), I was convinced I had been browbeaten.
Let us not forget that Israel is a small nation whose historical right to its homeland was recognized by international consensus. And now, she finds her legitimacy of that committment eroded and scorned by that same community which initially supported her. Why has the only democracy in the entire middle East been the focus of so much criticism? Friedman's book is very informative, and is historically accurate. But, so much of the writing leans to the left, to the anti-Israel, anti-zionism sentiment.
I recommend for balanced reading of Israel, the reader look at Benjamin Netanyahu's book A Place Among the Nations. While many persons might not agree with his politics, the book is an insightful piece of literature that explores history, political theory, and Palestinian Centrality.