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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 Apr 7th, 2020
USD 27.00
CAD 36.00
Category
History - Middle East - Israel & Palestine
About This Book
Israelis have made choices troughout their nation's history that have undermined their own interests and have heaped injustice and humiliation upon their Palestinian neighbors. "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." In this deeply personal exploration, Ayalon concludes that the foundational myths Israelis tell themselves are at the root of their ongoing national security concerns.

Ami 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 Director of Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet) and a former commander of Israel's Navy. For nearly twenty years, he was a commando with Flotilla 13, Israel's special forces unit akin to the US Navy's Seal Team. He is a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration, for heroic action during the Green Island Raid. He has served as a cabinet minister and a member of the Knesset. Along with Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002.

Ayalon is one of the founders of Blue White Future ("BWF"), a non-partisan political movement, committed to securing the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state through facilitating an inclusive discourse to promote a two state solution. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and he serves as the 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 Apr 7th, 2020
USD 16.99
CAD 28.99
Category
History - Middle East - Israel & Palestine
About This Book
Israelis have made choices troughout their nation's history that have undermined their own interests and have heaped injustice and humiliation upon their Palestinian neighbors. "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." In this deeply personal exploration, Ayalon concludes that the foundational myths Israelis tell themselves are at the root of their ongoing national security concerns.

Ami 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 Director of Israel Security Agency (the Shin Bet) and a former commander of Israel's Navy. For nearly twenty years, he was a commando with Flotilla 13, Israel's special forces unit akin to the US Navy's Seal Team. He is a recipient of the Medal of Valor, Israel's highest military decoration, for heroic action during the Green Island Raid. He has served as a cabinet minister and a member of the Knesset. Along with Sari Nusseibeh, he established the People's Voice peace initiative in 2002.

Ayalon is one of the founders of Blue White Future ("BWF"), a non-partisan political movement, committed to securing the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state through facilitating an inclusive discourse to promote a two state solution. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime & Strategy and he serves as the 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.