Israel and the Middle East

Some neglected information on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Middle East terrorism.

The War Against Israel

- Summary

Paul Bogdanor, Understanding the Arab-Israeli Conflict
Statements not quoted in the average news report.
Louis Rene Beres, Attempted Genocide From the Start
An excellent summary of the conflict.

- Background

Andrew G. Bostom, The First and Last Enemy
The long history of antisemitism in the Middle East.
Andrew G. Bostom, The Legacy of Jihad in Historical Palestine I II
The history of atrocities against Jews in Israel/Palestine.
Nazi Activities in North Africa and the Middle East During the Era of the Holocaust [PDF]
Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cuppers, “Elimination of the Jewish National Home in Palestine” [PDF]
Anti-Zionists claim that the peoples of the Middle East paid the price for the Final Solution in Europe. The truth is that many Arab nationalists supported the Holocaust and eagerly anticipated the destruction of their own Jewish populations.
David Barnett and Efraim Karsh, Azzam’s Genocidal Threat
The expected fate of the Jewish population had Israel lost its war of independence.
Efraim Karsh, The Long Trail of Islamic Anti-Semitism [PDF]
Robert Wistrich, Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger [PDF]
David Patterson, How Anti-Semitism Prevents Peace
Jonathan D. Halevi, Increasing Expressions of Genocidal Intent by Hamas Leaders
Fomenting genocidal hatred in today’s Middle East.

Anti-Zionist Falsehoods

Bat Yeor, Culture of Hate
Steven Plaut, Who Stole the Holy Land?
The Zionism-is-colonialism myth.
Chaim Herzog, Response to Zionism-is-Racism Resolution
Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein, Democratic Norms, Diasporas, and Israel’s Law of Return [PDF]
The Zionism-is-racism myth.
Ted Lapkin, The Hidden Meaning of Anti-Zionism
Amnon Rubinstein, On Dreams and Nightmares
The meaning of the anti-Zionist “one-state solution.”
Diana Muir, “A Land Without a People For a People Without a Land”
CAMERA, False Zionist Quotes
Misquotation is a key tactic of anti-Zionist propaganda.
Israel Eldad, Jabotinsky Distorted
Letter to the New York Times: Israeli Freedom Party [PDF]
The Revisionist-Zionism-is-fascism myth.

Anti-Israel Falsehoods

- Issues

Mitchell Bard, Myths and Facts [PDF]
Best online resource on anti-Israel disinformation.
William J. Bennett, Jack Kemp and Jeane Kirkpatrick, Twenty Facts About Israel and the Middle East
Dennis Prager, Explaining the Arab-Israeli Conflict Through Numbers
Daniel Pipes, Palestinian Word Games
Useful summaries of the relevant facts.
Efraim Karsh, Arab Imperialism: The Tragedy of the Middle East [PDF]
Efraim Karsh, Pan-Muslim Fiction
The causes of violence in the Middle East.

- Wars

Efraim Karsh, 1948, Israel, and the Palestinians
The Zionists accepted the two-state solution; Arab leaders rejected it and started a genocidal war, causing a refugee tragedy and decades of conflict. Essential reading.
Michael B. Oren, The Second War of Independence [PDF]
Israel might not have survived without the 1956 war.
Michael B. Oren, Did Israel Want the Six-Day War? [PDF]
Moshe Gat, Nasser and the Six Day War, 5 June 1967 [PDF]
Isabella Ginor, The Cold War’s Longest Cover-Up: How and Why the USSR Instigated the 1967 War [PDF]
Arab and Soviet culpability for the 1967 war.
Efraim Karsh, What Occupation?
The Israeli record in the West Bank and Gaza.

- Refugees

Efraim Karsh, Were the Palestinians Expelled? [PDF]
Efraim Karsh, Nakbat Haifa: Collapse and Dispersion of a Major Palestinian Community [PDF]
Efraim Karsh, Abbas’s Fable
Arabs Urged to Flee From Palestine in 1948 [PDF]
PA Daily: Arab Leaders Caused the Refugee Problem
Evidence of Arab evacuation orders in 1948.
Efraim Karsh, The Palestinians and the “Right of Return” [PDF]
Alek D. Epstein, A Weapon to Destroy Israel [PDF]
The “Right of Return” is a euphemism for the destruction of Israel.
Sidney Zabludoff, The Palestinian Refugee Issue: Rhetoric vs. Reality
Causes and extent of the problem examined in detail.
Yaacov Meron, Why Jews Fled the Arab Countries
Andrew G. Bostom, Recognition for the Silent Jewish Refugees
Jewish Refugees From Arab Countries: The Case For Rights and Redress [PDF]
Ethnic cleansing of Jews in the Middle East.
Eli E. Hertz, Arab and Jewish Refugees: The Contrast [PDF]
The two refugee tragedies compared and contrasted.

- Historians

Efraim Karsh, Rewriting Israel’s History
Efraim Karsh, Historical Fictions
Efraim Karsh, The 60-Year War For Israel’s History
The New Historians, who portrayed Israel as the villain in 1948, are guilty of academic fraud.
Efraim Karsh, Benny Morris’s Reign of Error, Revisited
Efraim Karsh, The Fight Over 1948
Robert B. Satloff, Benny Morris and Israel’s Border Wars
Benny Morris has become infamous for some of his misquotations.
Efraim Karsh, The Collusion That Never Was [PDF]
Avi Shlaim’s discredited thesis of Israeli-Jordanian collusion against the two-state solution.
Efraim Karsh, Pure Pappe
Seth J. Frantzman, Flunking History
Ilan Pappe has also participated in propaganda hoaxes.
Michael B. Oren, Who Started It?
Tom Segev’s falsification of the 1967 war.

- Propagandists

Paul Bogdanor, The Deceptions of Edward Said [PDF]
Cameron S. Brown, Answering Edward Said’s The Question of Palestine [PDF]
Efraim Karsh and Rory Miller, Did Edward Said Really Speak Truth to Power?
The most influential of the PLO propagandists exposed.
Efraim Karsh, The Iron Illusions of Rashid Khalidi
Reviews a typical example of PLO historiography.
Menachem Kellner, Resisting Falsehood and Protecting Integrity
Merciless refutation of anti-Israel boycott rhetoric.

Atrocities

- Hoaxes

Meyrav Wurmser, Made-Up Massacre: The Tantura Affair
Yoav Gelber, Folklore Versus History: The Tantura Blood Libel [PDF]
PA Paid Legal Defense Fees of 1948 Tantura Affair Historian
The Katz Directory
The Tantura massacre hoax is the most blatant example of fabrication by the New Historians.
Yehuda Kraut, Palestinian Spokesmen, Jenin Lies and Media Indifference
Yagil Henkin, Urban Warfare and the Lessons of Jenin [PDF]
The Jenin massacre hoax.
The Red Cross Ambulance Incident
The Human Rights Watch Report
Avi Bell, Whose War Crimes in Lebanon?
HonestReporting, Covering the Conflict in the North
Steven Stotsky, Questioning the Number of Civilian Casualties in Lebanon
Faked atrocities and manipulated casualty statistics in Lebanon.

- Shields

Justus Reid Weiner, The Use of Palestinian Children in the Al-Aqsa Intifada
Justus Reid Weiner, Child Abuse: The New Islamic Cult of Martyrdom [PDF]
The use of child soldiers by the Palestinian Authority.
Jacob Laksin, Media Lies and Hezbollah’s Human Shields
Hezbollah efforts to increase the civilian death toll in Lebanon.
Hizbullah Presents: How to Recruit Children
Egyptian Weekly on Hizbullah’s Armed Children’s Militias
The use of child soldiers in Lebanon.
Hamas Exploitation of Civilians as Human Shields [PDF]
Gazans Tell How Hamas Used Them As Human Shields
CAMERA, Hamas’s Palestinian Victims: Human Shields
Daniel Mandel, Human Shields
Hamas terrorists in Gaza stored weapons in homes and mosques, sheltered in hospitals, fired rockets from schools, rigged school buildings with explosives, etc.

“The International Community”

- Laws

Eli E. Hertz, Mandate For Palestine: The Legal Aspect of Jewish Rights [PDF]
The legal right of the Jewish people to a homeland in Israel.
Julius Stone, International Law and the Arab-Israeli Conflict
The legal status of the West Bank and Gaza, Jerusalem, the Geneva Conventions, settlements, etc.
Ruth Lapidoth, Legal Aspects of the Palestinian Refugee Question
Alex Safian, The Palestinian Claim to a “Right of Return”
The “Right of Return” has no basis in international law and virtually no counterpart in world history.
Barry Levenfeld, Israel’s Counter-Fedayeen Tactics in Lebanon [PDF]
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, Israel is Within its Rights
J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss, No Justice, No Peace?
Israeli military operations in Lebanon were lawful defensive actions.
Laurence E. Rothenburg and Abraham Bell, Israel’s Anti-Terror Fence: The World Court Case
Eli E. Hertz, Reply to the Advisory Opinion [PDF]
The right to deny entry to suicide bombers.
Justus Reid Weiner and Avi Bell, International Law and the Fighting in Gaza [PDF]
Michael I. Krauss, Collective Punishment and Newspeak
David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey, The Myth Of Occupied Gaza
The right to stop missile attacks on Israeli cities.

- United Nations

Harris O. Schoenberg, Demonization in Durban: The World Conference Against Racism [PDF]
The best analysis of the Third World Nuremberg Rally.
Arlene Kushner, The UN’s Palestinian Refugee Problem [PDF]
Gina Benevento and Arlene Kushner, Exchange: Palestinian Refugees [PDF]
James G. Lindsay, Fixing UNRWA [PDF]
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) not only perpetuates the Palestinian refugee tragedy but even assists Palestinian terrorists.

- NGOs

NGO Monitor, Summary Reports on NGOs
NGO Monitor, The NGO Front in the Gaza War [PDF]
The ideological corruption of dozens of NGOs monitoring the conflict.
NGO Monitor, Experts or Ideologues: Systematic Analysis of Human Rights Watch
CAMERA, Senior Human Rights Watch Staffer Once Called For Israel’s Destruction
HRW employs anti-Israel fanatics who shamelessly fabricate political libels in the guise of human rights reporting. One of them excused massacres of Jews by the PLO and lectured on Israel’s destruction in Baathist Iraq. Another was an obsessive collector of medals from Nazi Germany.
Alexander A. Weinreb and Avi Weinreb, Has Israel Used Indiscriminate Force?
Tamar Sternthal, B’Tselem, Los Angeles Times Redefine “Civilian”
Tamar Sternthal, B’Tselem’s Annual Casualty Figures Questioned
B’Tselem, an Israeli far-left front group, is notorious for manipulating casualty statistics.
Edwin Black, Funding Hate
The Ford Foundation has a shocking record of backing anti-Israel and antisemitic NGOs such as LAW.

“The Peace Process”

- Borders

The Joint Chiefs of Staff Report [PDF]
Retain the Israel Asset [PDF]
American military experts on the minimal requirements for Israel’s survival.
Irving Kett, Israel’s Defensible Borders: An American Military View
Why withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines would condemn Israel to a speedy extinction.

- Oslo

Efraim Karsh, Arafat’s Grand Strategy
The best analysis of the Oslo Accords and their inevitable implosion.
Jonathan D. Halevi, Understanding the Breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations
Fatah’s strategy for the destruction of Israel.
Ido Zelkovitz, Fatah’s Embrace of Islamism
Fatah’s cynical conversion from Third World revolution to Islamic jihad.
MEMRI, The (Revised) Palestinian Account of Camp David I II III
Saul Singer, Camp David, Real and Invented
David Makovsky, Taba Mythchief [PDF]
Fatah sabotaged the peace negotiations and started a bloodbath.

- Post-Oslo

Joshua Teitelbaum, The Arab Peace Initiative: A Primer and Future Prospects [PDF]
Ben Fishman and Mohammad Yaghi, The Palestinian National Accord: Consensus at Any Cost
Gilead Ini, Prisoners’ Document: Peace Plan or “Phased Plan”?
Daniel Mandel, Giving the Process Precedence
Proposals to establish the State of Palestine without a state of peace.
Daniel Pipes, Accept Israel as the Jewish State?
Palestinian nationalists are unanimous in their rejection of Israel.
Daniel Pipes, Admitting Israel’s Unilateral Withdrawals a Mistake
Israelis absorb the lessons of the calamitous retreat from Gaza.

“The War on Terrorism”

Daniel Pipes, What is Jihad?
Daniel Pipes, What Do the Terrorists Want?
The ideological superstructure of the terrorist base.
Jonathan D. Halevi, Al Qaeda’s Intellectual Legacy
MEMRI, Contemporary Islamist Ideology Authorizing Genocidal Murder
Surrender to the terrorists would produce an epoch-making slaughter.
John Perazzo, “Why Do They Hate Us?”
Haim Harari, The Eye of the Storm in the Middle East
David Meir-Levi, Terrorism: The Root Causes
The absurdity of blaming the West, Israel or poverty for the crimes of Middle East mass murderers.
Max Boot, The End of Appeasement
Barry Rubin, The Truth About US Middle East Policy [PDF]
The history of American surrenders in the Middle East.
Michael Rubin, Who is Responsible For the Taliban? [PDF]
Michael Rubin, Sanctions on Iraq: A Valid Anti-American Grievance? [PDF]
Anti-American myths exploded.

The War in Iraq

Robert J. Lieber, The Folly of Containment [PDF]
Robert Kagan, Whether This War Was Worth It
Oliver Kamm, We Were Right to Invade Iraq
Buried WMD Scoop
Without military action, the containment system would have collapsed and the world’s most aggressive dictatorship would have acquired nuclear weapons.
Iraqi Perspectives Project, Saddam and Terrorism
Stephen F. Hayes, Saddam’s Dangerous Friends [PDF]
Mark Eichenlaub, Regime of Terror
“Saddam supported groups that either associated directly with al Qaeda (such as the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, led at one time by bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri) or that generally shared al Qaeda’s stated goals and objectives.”