Fabulous reactions to ‘TGS– from Ilan Pappe, and others!
We’ve all been excited by the reactions we’ve been receiving to Miko’s book. The book seems to have touched its readers in many different ways– through the power of Miko’s personal story, the power with which he has so beautifully told it– and also, through the meticulous, committed nature of the historical research he conducted for it.
It’s been interesting how many readers have taken note of the role that Miko’s training in the arts and mental discipline of karate has played in helping to form his worldview.
Julia wrote from New England:
I am most impressed by the way you wrote the book itself non-violently, each chapter leading the reader gently, gradually, slowly forward, not ever hitting them over the head by putting the last seven pages at the beginning… The beauty of your book is that people will be drawn into it by its progression; you gain their respect and slowly, carefully, hopefully start to change their minds.
I knew zero about Karate before reading The General’s Son, and that too, ties in beautifully. Karate joins with the whole non-violent but forceful premise of the book. It is just beautiful.
… So, thank you — you have deep integrity and strength (by integrity I do not mean the popular definition of honesty; rather I mean “being in one piece”, centered, owning one’s own core. That too is where the karate fits perfectly, front and center, into the meaning of the whole book. If I were not [living in New England] … I would come to California and walk into your karate school!
Huda Husseini wrote from Chicago:
… Your book gives hope for a better future for all. The fact that you are the son of a General and were raised as a Zionist and became a peace activist is fascinating by itself. I enjoyed the journeys that you’ve made across Israel/Palestine as you call it. I embrace the friendships you’ve developed and the good you’re planting in your kids and in the Palestinian kids whom you teach Karate.
… As I expressed earlier, your book is the trigger that I was waiting for. It is very therapeutic and your experience portrays the steps one can follow to ‘break the ice’ and deal with unresolved emotions and move on to build a better future for everyone.
Leila Diab has written in Muslim Journal:
Miko Peled is an Israeli who was born in Jerusalem and the son of a well known Israeli General, Matti Peled who later in life became an Arabist and a staunch peacemaker. Miko as a young boy always had a dream of becoming a karate, martial arts expert and it appears that ambition adds to his riveting style of writing that takes the reader on a discovery journey of truthful relativity.
… When a mother loses a child due to violence, murder or terrorism, the whole family mourns and suffers. Miko can unfortunately attest to this as well. His sister’s daughter was killed in Jerusalem by Palestinian suicide bombers. And in the sense of that painful reality, one can only imagine if the Israeli government would have listened to General Matti Peled’s initial recommendation that the Israeli government should sit down and negotiate instead of fight with the Palestinian Liberation Movement, maybe all of the killings of innocent people on both sides, could have been avoided.
And in this insightful review article, the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe placed Miko’s book right up there with George Orwell’s 1984 as a text that reveals and debunks the deadly propaganda of the military-industrial complex!
Pappe wrote about the “psychiatric ward of mass, pro-war hysteria” that he believes present-day Israel has become. He added:
Being part visitor and part inmate in the ward I found solace in three books, each one of which tells us how best to keep our wits even when the most armed and aggressive state in the region has replaced diplomacy and national strategy with hysterical brinkmanship that could easily transform into real war and greater bloodshed.
The first is an old classic, George Orwell’s 1984. In despotic Oceania, the leadership, the Inner Party, depends on a constant war with the other two global powers. The leaders manufacture hysteria to keep it going, but begin to believe in it themselves..
The second book is Miko Peled’s The General’s Son. Peled’s research in the Israeli military archives exposed how the generals of Israel on the eve of the June 1967 war manufactured mass hysteria in Israel and spun a tale of an imminent second Holocaust — as did David Ben-Gurion in 1948 — knowing very well, in both historical instances, they were facing a weak, disarrayed opponent more willing to compromise than to fight.
The third is Jay Feldman’s Manufacturing Hysteria, a compact history of how the leadership in the US manufactures collective hysteria whenever faced with real or imagined crises that had the potential to cost them their seat of power…
Big thanks to all who have sent their wonderful comments in to Miko or to us. It makes all our hard work worthwhile!