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From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
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Jul 30, 2011

Friedman offers an in-depth, journalistic recounting of the Lebanese civil wars and the Palestinian uprising of the 1980s. I find the similarities between the IDF's experience in Lebanon and our own experiences in Iraq to be eerie. I wonder if any of the planners of Operation Iraqi Freedom read this book before the invasion. If so, it must not have sunk in. As with most texts on the topic of Israel/Palestine, this book attempts to surmount the insurmountable; yet Friedman's proscriptions are helpful, and seem to be relatively in-line with the path taken following the 1993 Oslo Accords. However, we can see how far that agreement has gotten the parties.

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