By Thomas L. Friedman
"If you are merely going to learn one publication at the center East, this can be it."---Seymour M. Hersh
One of the main thought-provoking books ever written concerning the center East, From Beirut to Jerusalem continues to be very important to our realizing of this complicated and risky sector of the area. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of expertise reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write down this now-classic paintings of journalism. In a brand new afterword, he updates his trip with a clean dialogue of the Arab Awakenings and the way they're remodeling the world, and a brand new examine kinfolk among Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. wealthy with anecdote, historical past, research, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will proceed to form how we see the center East for a few years to come.
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Arafat at the least understood Beirut; he knew simply what town was once and why he used to be there. Sharon, regardless of his mystery visits, didn’t have a clue in regards to the place—the comparable was once real of so much Israelis—which was once why, in any case, Sharon and his military must crash their approach out virtually an identical manner they crashed their method in. I observed them come and that i observed them move, and an odd workforce of invaders they have been certainly. They arrived in Beirut like innocents in another country they usually left 3 years later like offended travelers who have been mugged, cheated, and had all their baggage stolen with their traveler’s assessments inside of. round 10:00 p. m. on June thirteen, 1982, the scoop first crackled over the Phalangist militia’s radio station in a bulletin from East Beirut. all of us huddled round the previous German radio on the Reuters workplace and attempted to visualize what our ears have been telling us: The Israeli military had arrived on the gates of Beirut. this present day it's tough to recollect how notable and stunning it was once to us, and the area, that Israel was once surrounding an Arab capital. One week after the invasion had started, a column of Israeli tanks and armored team of workers companies have been 5 miles from downtown Beirut, parked on a bluff close to the Lebanese presidential palace in Baabda, with a deluxe view of all Beirut lower than. consequently, the most street from Beirut to Damascus was once successfully reduce, and because all different roads best into town from the south had previous been severed, Beirut was once less than siege. the subsequent morning, June 14, I rose early from my room on the Commodore resort and ventured around the eco-friendly Line dividing Muslim West Beirut, the place i used to be residing, from the Christian japanese 1/2 town; newshounds and noncombatants might nonetheless movement backward and forward freely, in the event that they didn’t brain operating a gauntlet of armies, militiamen, and freelance snipers. To be sincere, i wished to determine for myself those Israelis, those fellow Jews, whom I abruptly came across pitching tents at my doorstep and growing worry inside of me in addition to my Muslim buddies. I got here to Beirut pondering i'd be almost the single Jew there; all at once I had corporation. Their brown, dust-caked armored group of workers vendors, approximately thirty in all, have been parked in a wonderfully immediately row alongside the line top into Baabda. a few Israeli squaddies with grizzled beards and snarled hair have been lounging opposed to the iron treads in their automobiles, both dozing or consuming breakfast from tin cans. Others have been snapping images of Beirut from automated cameras. I walked among the automobiles, notepad in hand, asking, “Does someone right here communicate English? ” I obtained ordinarily adversarial stares, until eventually one pleasant boy sitting atop his APC shouted down at me, “Yeah, I do. the place are you from? ” “I’m from the hot York Times,” I acknowledged. “The manhattan instances! ” exclaimed the soldier in American-accented English. “Do you recognize invoice Farrell? ” invoice, who regrettably has seeing that died of melanoma, used to be assisting me disguise the tale in Lebanon. numerous years prior, although, he were the hot York occasions bureau leader in Israel.