Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & the Palestinians
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Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & the Palestinians

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ContentsForeword by Edward W. Said
Preface to the Updated Edition
1. Fanning the Flames
2. The Origins of the "Special Relationship"
3. Rejectionism and Accommodation
4. Isreal and Palestine: Historical Backgrounds
5. Peace for Galilee
6. Aftermath
7. The Road to Armageddon
8. The Palestinian Uprising
9. "Limited War" in Lebanon
10. Washington's "Peace Process"

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Paperback, Updated Edition, 578 pages
Published 1999 by South End Press (first published December 1st 1982)
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After reading several of Chomsky's books, I have more and more respect for this author and thinker. He is a meticulous historian and political analyst, and his critics should read his works before attacking him.[return][return]This book is a compendium of facts, figures, quotes, and analysis that comprise the truth behind the complicated politics of the Middle East. Chomsky is an honorable follower to the likes of Orwell, and cuts through all the media campaigns, falsehoods, lies, and general mi...more
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هو كتاب قيم, يعتمد على تقارير الدبلوماسيين ومراقبي الامم المتحدة, يرصد تاريخ العلاقة بين الولايات المتحدة واسرائيل في سنوات ما قبل وبعد النكبة واحتلال فلسطين, وكيف ان هذه العلاقة لم تكن حميمية كما يظن البعض, حيث كانت تعتمد على مصالح امريكا في الشرق الاوسط, فكانت تقوى وتتوطد كلما ايقنت امريكا بان اسرائيل هي المصلحة الوحيدة لها في الشرق الاوسط, وان لا أحد من الدول العظمى يشاركها هذه المصلحة. بالمقابل كانت علاقة امريكا بالعرب علاقة لا تكترث لها امريكا كثيرا, فالعر...more
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reviewed by L.A. Rollins
The Fateful Triangle is a fact-filled, insightful look at the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel. Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at M.I.T., examines the origins of this "special relationship," its disastrous consequences for the Palestinian (and other) Arabs, and its danger for everyone.

Concentrating mainly on Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Chomsky provides a wealth of ideas and information in conflict with the Zionist mythology which...more
I was very optimistic opening this book and was not very pleased. I find Chomsky's tone frustrating throughout the entire book. He writes not to convince, but simply to ridicule you if you have any shred of doubt in his argument. That being said, his citations are very disorganized, requiring that one spend a great deal of time in the library just to check their legitimacy. It is not that I don't agree with his final analysis, which I do with only minor reservations. I just find him to be a bad...more
Reading this book will make you laugh -- or vomit -- any time you hear the words "U.S." and "peace process" in the same sentence. Actually, that would potentially make for a lot of vomit.
It's Chomsky so it's complicated but fascinating. Have to admit, I'm having to reread pages because it's not easy to concentrate while reading on the subway.
This is an updated and expanded version of Chomsky's `Fateful Triangle,' originally published in 1983 after Israel's invasion into Lebanon. The updated section (Washington's `Peace Process') is perhaps the most concise, yet revealing attempt to explicate the inner-workings of the negotiations between the PLO, Israel, and the U.S. during the nineties and leading up to the collapse of the process the birth of the second intifada in 2000. In it, Chomsky demonstrates quite conclusively, that there i...more
Tom Parrish
An excellent, but dated leftist review of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a particular focus on the United States as Israel's paymasters. Chomsky's arguments are comprehensive, well documented and damning of Israel and the US.

Chomsky does not attempt to present a balanced work here. He makes it clear that the pro-Israeli arguments are readily available to the reader and unlikely to be missed. I found it handy to have a general history of the conflict (Wikipedia, granted) to refer to as pro...more
This book is an indictment of Israeli belligerency that makes for sad reading considering that there is no more reason for hopefulness today than there was when it was published in 1983.

Noam Chomsky points to a reality that I think Israel and many of its friends in America have long ignored to their own peril: that its militant path is simply unsustainable, morally and otherwise.
David Cupples
Crucial for cutting through the lies, propaganda and bs about the Middle East, in particular the Palestine-Israel conflict. Chomsky is Jewish, reads Hebrew and studies the issues from all angles, newspapers from around the world, high-level input from other scholars, his own travels to the region. The talking heads on TV have opinions, Chomsky deals in facts and never pulls his punches. A scientist perhaps on the level with the great names in history, a psychologist as accomplished perhaps as mu...more
IF you're interested in knowing about deep-circumstantial that is the middle east, then you can never go wrong with this book. Chomsky , as brilliantly puts it, the fate of the eastern world lies in the head of how US manipulates the powerful ones for its own demise. With valid proofs and legitimate articles, this book provides one not only an understanding of the arab world, but how it is maintained and controlled by the various forms of government.
A fact shattering account, which should be read by those who are interested in middle east crises. It explains a special relationship between united states & israel & gives a deep insight of the lack of interest by the US in the palestinian issue. This book mainly focus on 1982 invasion of Lebanon & its disastrous consequences.....
Jeremy Hammond
If you want to understand the U.S. role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through Oslo, this is a must read. It is also essential reading to learn about Israel's '82 invasion of Lebanon.
Good overview of the more sordid parts of the American relationship with Israel, though it's a bit one-sided and in bad need of updating chapters, or maybe a thorough revision.
sonny singh suchdev
super comprehensive, in depth history and analysis. it's dense and it takes work to make it all the way through (it's long!), but it's well worth the effort.
Steven Salaita
Chomsky is overrated on the Middle East but better than the majority of scholars and journalists working in the region.
Still reading this. Finding it to be a good lesson on media manipulation with respect to a truly divisive global issue.
Melissa Campbell
Anything and everything you'd want to know about the U.S., Israel, Palestine history.
New rule: No non-fiction in the summertime. Just a litany of "I told you so's."
Paul Harris
Makes a fascinating subject extremely dull. Poorly written - don't bother.
Ryan Mishap
1983 book about u.s., israel, and the palestinians. Bit outdated maybe now.
A framework to understand Washington's role in the Middle East
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chomsky is credited with the creation of the theory of generative grammar, considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the field of linguistics made in the 20th century. H...more
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