Item description for Israel at High Noon: From Stalin's Failed Satellite to the New Crisis in the Middle East by Roman Brackman...
A great deal has been written about Hitler's hatred for the Jews, but so far very -little has been revealed about Stalin's anti-Semitism and his plan to destroy the Soviet Jewry on the eve of his death. This book intends to fill that void.
After the Second World War, Stalin pursued the policy of expansion in the "direction of the Persian Gulf," and hoped to turn Palestine into a Soviet satellite by using Russian Jewish Communists as his Trojan Horses. After Stalin's death, the Soviet leaders supported the Arab plans to annihilate Israel and pressured Israel to make concessions to the Arabs in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Author Roman Brackman traces the itinerary of Israel from pre-Stalin times to the present in an unusual perspective and shows how America saved Israel.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Enigma Books
ISBN 1929631642 ISBN13 9781929631643
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More About Roman Brackman
Born in the USSR and was a student in the Moscow Oriental Institute to become a diplomat. He was denounced as a Trotskyite and Zionist and sent to the Gulag in 1950. He was freed in 1954 after Stalin's death and emigrated first to Poland then Israel and the United States. Author of The Secret File of Joseph Stalin.
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Plenty of anecdotal material Jan 1, 2008
I just don't know quite what to think of this book.
Roman Brackman spent four years in the Soviet Gulag, and he includes plenty of interesting material about the Soviets and Stalin's antisemitism. But much of it is anecdotal and I'm not sure how trustworthy it all is. I'd rather see a book focus on material that's indisputable.
There is a chapter on Jimmy Carter's presidency being a nightmare for Israel, but once again, I think a less anecdotal approach would be better. Yes, Carter did allege that Begin and Dayan had promised not to build more settlements, something that Begin denied. And it is very difficult to believe that Begin made such a promise, even as a joke. He certainly didn't do it in writing. It's fine that Brackman sides with Begin here, but we could have checked all this ourselves, without Brackman's help.
Brackman suggests that one reason Sadat wanted to make peace with Israel was a fear that Israel, tired of non-stop broken promises by Arabs, and tired of attempts to impose concessions on it (and with no indications that such concessions could produce an end to gratuitous Aran hostilities), might simply stop negotiating. That, in turn might lead to a war in which Egypt might do rather well. Unfortunately, Israel might then strike back by bombing the Aswan Dam, perhaps even with a nuclear device. Brackman speculates that Syria wanted such a war, and that it intended Egypt to be hurt, not itself. Well, I'd prefer to have more evidence for such speculations. It is true that Sadat did want a peace agreement, but that does not mean that all such speculations are in fact correct.
As Brackman says, George H. Bush, in a campaign speech in October, 1980, said that Jimmy Carter "had undermined the security of an ally by encouraging Israel's enemies." Well, once again, I'd prefer sticking to facts as opposed to campaign speeches. Carter did in fact undermine Israel in just this manner, but I'd rather stick to facts that we can all agree are accurate and relevant.
At Camp David, Arafat did say that the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in the first century AD, had never existed in Jerusalem! Brackman says that Clinton "did not tell Arafat that, as far as he knew, the Jewish Temples had indeed existed in Jerusalem." But as far as I know, Clinton did indeed tell Arafat that.
The author then says that while many Muslims claim that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is Islam's third holiest site, "the Western Wall is not the second or third holiest place for Jews, but their first and only holy place." Well, I'm no expert on Judaism, but I would encourage you to ask a few rabbis which is holier, the Temple Mount or that wall. I suspect that at least a few, if not most or all, would reply that the Mount itself is holier than the Wall.
There is an interesting quote from Sami al-Arian, who said "Israel's prosperity and strength is a continuous reminder of the weakness of Arabs as a people, of their society and political system; as well as an indication of their impotence and the corruption of their regimes." Brackman says that this may well be the truth about the source of Arab hatred of Israel, but once again, even if he's right, this is still more of the same anecdotal approach.
The author also quotes Benny Begin (son of the former Israeli Prime Minister) who explained that "there is no group of Arabs west of the Jordan River that is distinct from other Arabs and that is eligible for self-determination." Yes, it is indeed a hoax to call the Levantine Arabs a different nation, but such claims need to be substantiated, and once again, I dislike Brackman's approach. He quotes from Israelis who say the Arabs are lying. And he quotes some Arabs who have gone way out of line, such as Arafat or Hanan Ashrawi, as if this makes his case. The whole process rubs me the wrong way.
There are a few points that Brackman makes which I feel are well put. He quotes a French representative at the European Union Parliament in 2004 who said that he had no hesitation "in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to persuade Israel that it can not do whatever it wants." Well, that is anecdotal to some extent, but it illustrates a very real problem. With those nuclear weapons and that representative's advice, Israel, the US, the rest of the West, and France itself could well be blackmailed or become the victims of rather destructive sneak attacks that might kill hundreds of thousands of people at a time and even help bring down much of Western society.
One more intriguing comment by Brackman cites George Will, who wrote about Jimmy Carter's response to the recent Hamas victory in Levantine Arab elections. According to Brackman and Will, Carter "suggested that the executive branch of the U.S. government could launder money destined for Hamas by passing it through the UN." Um, that sounds like a scary plan to me.
Brackman likes the idea of Israel disengaging from its Arab enemies. He'd like to let the Levantine Arabs "learn the consequences of their hate." Well, whether he likes it or not, I think that sooner or later, that is bound to happen. And I think we ought to be trying to mitigate the damage, not waiting for this train wreck with the intent of applauding.