• DCstudent

    It sounds like you didn’t actually read the book, and that your main criticism is that he’s not an academic.  As for polemical rhetoric, this post is the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Have you read it yourself? I’m going to assume you haven’t either because you’re not rebutting any of the points I make. So who’s the pot calling the kettle black indeed? And show me exactly where I mentioned the fact that he’s not an academic? Since YOU mentioned that fact, I can confirm that you’re right: he is not. All he is is a martial arts instructor. Hardly an authority on Middle East affairs or international law.

      • DCstudent

         Yes, I have in fact read The General’s Son. Like most memoirs, this book focuses on an individual who had extraordinary life experiences, like growing up in a household with a very prominent father, serving in the IDF and growing disillusioned with its work serving settlers in the West Bank, having a member of his family killed in a suicide bombing, etc.  You (if you are the author) said exactly this: ” nor does he appear to have academic qualifications of any other sort.” It’s strange that you would challenge me to find that quote in a very short opinion piece that states it as fact.

        One does not need to be a historian to have a pertinent opinion on these political questions (otherwise your column would be meaningless too). Instead of discrediting Peled who is an American Israeli like thousands of others, perhaps Israel would be better served addressing the issues that cause such disillusionment with the system.

  • Excellent article. This is what I hope will be the first in a long series uncovering the true nature of Miko Peled, who has the audacity to call himself a “peace activist” when all he does is spew venom against Israel – his own country –  and rile audiences against the Jewish State by rattling off all the bad clichés of Palestinian propaganda. I know. I’ve heard him too many times here in San Diego where we both live. Word to the wise: if you sincerely yearn for the respect of human rights on both sides and for peace to ever be reached, avoid this guy like the plague. Or if you feel up to it, go listen to him, buy his book and judge for yourself. It won’t take you long to figure out that peace is the last thing this so-called activist really wants and will ever be able to achieve.