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Friendly Fire

How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy and Its Hope for the Future

Written by Ami Ayalon | Written by Anthony David
978-1-58642-258-5
On sale Sep 1st, 2020
USD 27.00
CAD 36.00
Category
History - Middle East - Israel & Palestine
About This Book
In this deeply personal exploration, Ami Ayalon concludes that the foundational myths Israelis tell themselves are at the root of their ongoing national security concerns. "If Israel becomes an Orwellian dystopia," Ayalon writes, "it won't be thanks to a handful of theologians dragging us into the dark past. The secular majority will lead us there motivated by fear and propelled by silence." Ayalon's journey growing up on a kibbutz before becoming a decorated commando, naval commander, intelligence chief and cabinet member traces the history of Israel, but his patriotic life also blinded him to the self-defeating nature of policies that have undermined Israel's civil society while heaping humiliation and hopelessness upon its Palestinian neighbors. Ayalon's compelling storytelling voice will grip readers, provide fresh perspectives, and offer hope for an enduring two-state solution.

Ayalon has come to realize that the sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland for which he repeatedly risked his life, and killed, can only be realized side-by-side with a Palestinian state whose citizens have genuine hope for their own bright future. As the head of Israel's security agency Shin Bet, he gained empathy for Israel's "enemy" and could prove with almost mathematical precision that when Israel carries out anti-terrorist operations in a political context of hopelessness, the Palestinian public supports violence, because they have nothing to lose. Researching and writing Friendly Fire, he sought input from Palestinians and Israelis whose experiences and insights differed from his own. "No matter what we do," Ayalon writes, "terrorism, like violent crime, will continue to plague our society and other Western-style democracies." But to demonize the other side and repeatedly label them unreliable partners is not a solution. Ayalon is a realist, not an idealist, and he has scant interest in offering apologies or regrets. He takes his readers on a journey of discovery that for many will be revelatory, and arrives at common sense conclusions that many who count themselves as Israel's staunchest supporters will regard as radical.
Biography
Ami Ayalon is a former Flotilla 13 (Israel's navy seals) commando, commander of the navy, Director of the Shin Bet security agency, cabinet minister, Knesset member, and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration. With Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002. He is a founder of Blue White Future ("BWF"), a non-partisan political movement, committed to securing the future of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state through inclusive discourse to promote a two-state solution. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and serves as chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities). Anthony David, a historian and biographer, teaches creative writing at the University of New England's campus in Tangier, Morocco.
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Friendly Fire

How Israel Became Its Own Worst Enemy and Its Hope for the Future

978-1-58642-259-2
On sale Sep 1st, 2020
USD 16.99
CAD 28.99
Category
History - Middle East - Israel & Palestine
About This Book
In this deeply personal exploration, Ami Ayalon concludes that the foundational myths Israelis tell themselves are at the root of their ongoing national security concerns. "If Israel becomes an Orwellian dystopia," Ayalon writes, "it won't be thanks to a handful of theologians dragging us into the dark past. The secular majority will lead us there motivated by fear and propelled by silence." Ayalon's journey growing up on a kibbutz before becoming a decorated commando, naval commander, intelligence chief and cabinet member traces the history of Israel, but his patriotic life also blinded him to the self-defeating nature of policies that have undermined Israel's civil society while heaping humiliation and hopelessness upon its Palestinian neighbors. Ayalon's compelling storytelling voice will grip readers, provide fresh perspectives, and offer hope for an enduring two-state solution.

Ayalon has come to realize that the sustainable and democratic Jewish homeland for which he repeatedly risked his life, and killed, can only be realized side-by-side with a Palestinian state whose citizens have genuine hope for their own bright future. As the head of Israel's security agency Shin Bet, he gained empathy for Israel's "enemy" and could prove with almost mathematical precision that when Israel carries out anti-terrorist operations in a political context of hopelessness, the Palestinian public supports violence, because they have nothing to lose. Researching and writing Friendly Fire, he sought input from Palestinians and Israelis whose experiences and insights differed from his own. "No matter what we do," Ayalon writes, "terrorism, like violent crime, will continue to plague our society and other Western-style democracies." But to demonize the other side and repeatedly label them unreliable partners is not a solution. Ayalon is a realist, not an idealist, and he has scant interest in offering apologies or regrets. He takes his readers on a journey of discovery that for many will be revelatory, and arrives at common sense conclusions that many who count themselves as Israel's staunchest supporters will regard as radical.
Biography
Ami Ayalon is a former Flotilla 13 (Israel's navy seals) commando, commander of the navy, Director of the Shin Bet security agency, cabinet minister, Knesset member, and a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration. With Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002. He is a founder of Blue White Future ("BWF"), a non-partisan political movement, committed to securing the future of Israel as a Jewish, democratic state through inclusive discourse to promote a two-state solution. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and serves as chairman of AKIM Israel (the National Association for children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities). Anthony David, a historian and biographer, teaches creative writing at the University of New England's campus in Tangier, Morocco.