Published by: Pluto Press, January 2008
Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and the Plan to Remake the Middle East, has been praised as “superb” by John Pilger and “compelling” by veteran Middle East reporter David Hirst. Here, Jonathan argues that Israel’s desire to be the sole regional power in the Middle East has shaped the Bush Administration’s objectives in the “war on terror”. The book examines a host of inter-related issues, from the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and the Second Lebanon War to the role of Big Oil and the demonisation of the Arab world. The current chaos in the Middle East, far from being a disastrous mistake, is the true goal of the neocons and Israel.
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One of the most cogent understandings of the modern Middle East I have read. It is superb, because the author himself is a unique witness who blows away the media debris and presents both a j’accuse of those who would destroy the lives of whole societies in their pursuit of power and myth, and a warning to the rest of us to speak up and act.
John Pilger, author of Freedom Next Time (2006) and The New Rulers of the World (2003)
A compelling account of the recent wars for Middle East oil, untangling a complex web of interests shared by the neocons, Israel and the Bush White House. Cook’s timely book raises disturbing questions about where Israel and the US hope to push the region next.
David Hirst, author of The Gun and the Olive Branch (2003)
Undeniably enriches and elevates the debate.
Afif Safieh, Palestinian Ambassador in Washington
Epilogue with Ken Livingstone, Press TV
Raymond Deane, Electronic Intifada
Robin Ramsay, Lobster magazine, Summer 2008
Stephen Lendman, Znet
Neil Berry, Arab News
Sally Bland, The Jordan Times
Antony Loewenstein, The Sun-Herald (Sydney)
Neil Berry, The New Statesman
Jonathan O’Brien, The Sunday Business Post (Ireland)
Stephen J. Sniegoski, Culture Wars, June 2009
Allen Ruff, Against the Current, No 138
Gavin O’Toole, London Progressive Journal, Issue 55
Scott McConell, Middle East Policy Council
Dr Ludwig Watzal (in German)