Method and Madness

  • by Norman Finkelstein
  • Narrated by Gary Dana
  • 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the past five years, Israel has mounted three major assaults on the 1.8 million Palestinians trapped behind its blockade of the Gaza Strip. Taken together, Operation Cast Lead (2008-9), Operation Pillar of Defense (2012), and Operation Protective Edge (2014) have resulted in the deaths of some 3,700 Palestinians. Meanwhile a total of 90 Israelis were killed in the invasions. On the face of it, this succession of vastly disproportionate attacks has often seemed frenzied and pathological. Senior Israeli politicians have not discouraged such perceptions; indeed, they have actively encouraged them. After the 2008-9 assault, Israel's then-foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, boasted, "Israel demonstrated real hooliganism during the course of the recent operation, which I demanded." However, as Norman G. Finkelstein sets out in this concise, paradigm-shifting new book, a closer examination of Israel's motives reveals a state whose repeated recourse to savage war is far from irrational. Rather, Israel's attacks have been designed to sabotage the possibility of a peace compromise with the Palestinians, even on terms that are favorable to it. Looking also at machinations around the 2009 UN-sponsored Goldstone report and Turkey's forlorn attempt to seek redress in the UN for the killing of its citizens in the 2010 attack on the Gaza freedom flotilla, Finkelstein documents how Israel has repeatedly eluded accountability for what are now widely recognized as war crimes. Further, he shows that, though neither side can claim clear victory in these conflicts, the ensuing stalemate remains much more tolerable for Israelis than for the beleaguered citizens of Gaza. A strategy of mass nonviolent protest might, he contends, hold more promise for a Palestinian victory than military resistance, however brave.


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A must for any serious internationalist

Anyone wishing to know more about the conflict in Palestine and Israel should read/listen to this book. It is balanced and non-partisan.
Thanks for writing it.
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- Monalisa

Poking the big bear with a little stick then wondering why it eats you!

Paints a disturbing picture of the day to day life of modern day Gazans in the occupied Gaza strip. Doesn't adequately explain why Hamas continues to fire crude rockets into Israel whilst the youth throw stones at security forces. Whilst Israel's response is disproportionate whichever way you look at it, the big question for me is, why do Gazans continually goad Israel knowing full well what the response will be! Bizarre & suicidal behaviour and as per usual, it's children who suffer most!
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- john

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios