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Like Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men, Dennis the menace is eager to reveal his role on behalf of Israel, and the book is just a way of leading him to his desired destination.
It surpasses his last book The Missing Peace, to reveal not only his personal experiences but also his inner thinking. It is hypocritical and avowedly one-sided. Three objectives The book is set up to demonstrate three main points: Netanyahu, Sisi and zero problems diplomacy This is no surprise coming from Ross.
What is shocking is how far he has gone to prove his point. For example, when President Jimmy Carter accuses Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin of deceiving him, Ross insinuates that Carter misrepresents the record, or at best has a poor memory. When President Ronald Reagan accuses Begin of lying to him, Ross makes the case for "lost in translation"; the president simply misunderstood the Israeli premier.
Remember, Israel is always right and its leaders are holier than thou. Insensitive to fragile Israel This line of reasoning is prolific throughout the book: No attempt at contextualising or interpreting the psyche of the Palestinians who have been dispossessed and occupied for decades.
The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [Getty] Like any book that recounts diplomatic history without the necessary wider strategic context, Doomed to Succeed is doomed to fail in explaining the contradictions between rhetoric and policy. When Ross does contextualise, he is deliberately selective, and notably to push for a dubious point he is making.
Nowhere does he explains how, thanks to its European and American backers, Israel has defeated and rolled back its Arab enemies in each and every war. Or, that the US suspended arms only when Israel used US weapons offensively in contradiction to the conditions of their sale.
Or for that matter, that the Arabs buy these expensive weapons, while Israel pockets them. Basically, to deter the Arabs you must make it clear that you can obliterate them beyond defeat, and to scare them shitless in the process, in order to ensure they make no demands.
I realise this point will draw counter arguments, but I shall leave that for another day. So flagrant are his claims, refuting them here requires the kind of language that is not publishable.
The strategic assets In short, it is true that a number of Arab leaders did look for US protection and help in curbing the aggression of its client state, Israel. At the end of the day, Israel created far more trouble for the US in the Middle East than it provided solutions and opportunities.
Consequently, the US created greater trouble for the region.
No, not everything can or should be blamed on the US, Israel or their complicity in the Middle East region. But judging from the opinion polls, including the so-called friendly states, the majority of the Arab public, have consistently seen the US and Israel perhaps less so during the Obama administration to be the leading menace to regional stability and security.
And why ultimately, for those same reasons, it is doomed to backfire against both. That is unless other voices, Jewish and other, continue to rise and advance, as did Bernie Sanders and his supporters in recent months.
We should all take comfort in the fact that the influence of these moderates within the American establishment and the Jewish community, while modest is also growing.
Marwan Bishara is the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera. Follow him on Facebook.Prior to the fall of the Shah in the late 's, Iran was an American ally. The source of contention between the U.S. and Iran is the product of a series of historical events.
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