From Beirut to Jerusalem

By Thomas L. Friedman

"If you are in simple terms going to learn one e-book at the center East, this can be it."---Seymour M. Hersh

One of the main thought-provoking books ever written concerning the center East, From Beirut to Jerusalem continues to be very important to our knowing of this complicated and unstable zone of the realm. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of expertise reporting from Lebanon and Israel to put in writing this now-classic paintings of journalism. In a brand new afterword, he updates his trip with a clean dialogue of the Arab Awakenings and the way they're remodeling the realm, and a brand new examine family members among Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. wealthy with anecdote, historical past, research, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will proceed to form how we see the center East for a few years to come.

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The palms of this hand have been locked round an id card which may simply be learn. the cardboard belonged to Ilham Dahir Mikdaad, age thirty-two. She used to be a Shiite lady whose complete family members, envisioned to be 40 members, was once burnt up via the Phalangists. Her physique used to be stumbled on mendacity on a first-rate road in Shatila, with a row of bullets operating throughout her breasts. It was once transparent what had occurred: she should have been conserving up her identification card to a Phalangist, attempting to inform him that she was once a Lebanese Muslim, now not a Palestinian, while he emptied his bullet clip into her chest. Sabra and Shatila was once anything of a private difficulty for me. The Israel I met at the outskirts of Beirut used to be now not the heroic Israel I have been taught to spot with. It used to be an Israel that referred to “purity of fingers” to itself, yet within the genuine global had discovered to play via Hama principles, like every person else locally. The Israelis knew simply what they have been doing once they enable the Phalangists into these camps. back, because the Kahan fee itself said: in the course of conferences held among Bashir Gemayel and Israeli Mossad mystery brokers, Israeli officers “heard issues from [Bashir] that left no room for doubt that the purpose of this Phalangist chief was once to do away with the Palestinian challenge in Lebanon while he got here to power—even if that intended resorting to aberrant equipment opposed to the Palestinians. ” The Israelis at the least held an research once they have been serious about a bloodbath, that's greater than the Syrians ever did. yet for all their inquiring, what used to be the ultimate end result? Sharon, who used to be came across through the Kahan fee to undergo “personal accountability” for what occurred within the camps, used to be pressured to step down as security Minister and turn into a minister-without-port-folio as an alternative, until eventually the subsequent Israeli executive used to be shaped, whilst he grew to become Minister of and alternate. Israel’s leader of employees, Rafael Eitan, who used to be additionally assigned blame for what came about within the camps, who had lied to dozens of global newsmen whilst requested if Israel had despatched the Phalangists in, used to be allowed to complete his journey of responsibility with dignity and was once then elected to the Israeli parliament. Brigadier common Yaron used to be informed he may perhaps by no means get one other box command, yet used to be then promoted to significant common and installed cost of the manpower department of the Israeli military, which handles all group of workers concerns. After pleasing that task, in August 1986 he was once passed the most coveted assignments—military connecté in Washington. An research which ends up in such “punishments” isn't really an research that may be taken heavily. It used to be my advent to a favored type of hypocrisy i might notice usually at the street from Beirut to Jerusalem, what a Lebanese good friend of mine loved to name “moral double bookkeeping. ” the entire avid gamers within the heart East do it. they retain one set of ethical books, which proclaim how righteous they're, to teach the surface international, and one set of ethical books, which proclaim how ruthless they're, to teach one another.

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