The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

Miko Peled Alice Walker / May 30, 2020

The General s Son Journey of an Israeli in Palestine In a tragedy struck the family of Israeli American Miko Peled His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery It pus

  • Title: The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
  • Author: Miko Peled Alice Walker
  • ISBN: 9781935982159
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli American Miko Peled His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery It pushed him to re examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel s political military elite, and transformed him into aIn 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli American Miko Peled His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery It pushed him to re examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel s political military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians In The General s Son, Peled writes about growing up in Jerusalem in the heart of the group that ruled the then young country, Israel He describes the path he took to his belief in peace between the two peoples living in the Holy Land And he paints numerous touching portraits of Palestinian and Israeli peace activists he has worked with in rcent years.

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        Miko Peled is an Israeli peace activist, author, and karate instructor He has written one book, The General s Son Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,and he has travelled extensively, giving talks about his experiences to audiences across the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.Born and raised in Jerusalem in 1961, Peled grew up in a prominent Zionist family his grandfather, Avraham Katsnelson, signed Israel s Declaration of Independence.His father, Mattityahu Peled, fought in the 1948 war and served as a general in the war of 1967 later, after the Israeli cabinet ignored his investigation of an 1967 Israeli war crime, he became a peace activist and leading proponent of an Israeli dialogue with the PLO He condemned the Israeli military for illegally seizing the West Bank, Gaza, Sinai and the Golan Heights, calling the war a cynical campaign of territorial expansion.He was marginalized and shunned for his activism and call for a two state solution Palestinian activist Susan Abdulhawa has described Peled s father, who died in 1995, as a man that many of us Palestinians could not figure out whether to love or hate and whom many notable Palestinians nicknamed Abu Salam Father of Peace.Miko Peled followed his father s footsteps at first, joining Israel s Special Forces after high school and earning the red beret, but he soon grew to regret his decision He surrendered his status as soon as he earned it, becoming a medic, and finally, disgusted by the 1982 Lebanon invasion, he buried his service pin in the dirt 5 He then distanced himself from activism until 1997, becoming a sixth degree black belt in karate and moving first to Japan, then to San Diego.For a time he was involved in activism One evening in 1983, however, he skipped a Peace Now demonstration in Jerusalem to attend karate class, and on that evening a grenade attack by a right wing extremist killed one of the demonstrators Peled took this as a sign, according to one interview, and consequently followed the path of karate a practice of non violenceat teaches one to overcome insurmountable obstacles This path that took him to Japan and eventually to San Diego, where he settled with his wife and family and worked as a karate instructor He is a sixth degree black belt.


    1. I have read many books by Israelis who are opponents to the occupation and Israel's policies of ethnic cleansing, but this is the first time I read a book by a General's son! The son of a well- known General in the Israeli army who played an important role in the establishment of Israel and the war of 1967. The book is divided into five parts. First, the writer gives us a full picture of his roots, his family and his father. All of who were pure Zionists. He was raised to be proud of his Zionism [...]

    2. The General’s Son by Miko Peled, son of the legendary Israeli general Matti Peled is one of those books that is simultaneously disheartening and encouraging. In a sense, it’s two books. First, an account of how Matti Peled, the brilliant warrior and militant Zionist, became a scholar of Arab literature and proponent of returning the lands captured by Israel in the 1967 war to the Palestinian people. Second, an account of how his son, Miko, followed Mattei into Israel’s special forces, beca [...]

    3. I imagine if we printed a couple of billion copies of this book and sat the whole world down for two days to read it, we would be able to achieve peace in the middle east the next day.Two days is how long it takes to read this book, partly because it's short and partly because it is too interesting to put down. But before you read it, I recommend you first see the YouTube lecture by the author.The account of not just any Jewish Israeli, but a former Zionist and army soldier, son to one of the mo [...]

    4. This is an amazing, eye-opening book by the son of an Israeli general that chronicles the opening of his eyes to the injustices endured by Palestinians, and his personal journey of abandonding the petty solidarity of group identify for the struggle for justice. Incredibly riviting, and renews my faith in peaceful change.

    5. I will never be the same after reading this. Where do I even start?Mine is the tale of an Israeli boy, a Zionist, who realized that his side of the story was not the only side and chose to cultivate hope in a situation most call impossible. This is about Miko Peled's journey. His father's influence. The death of his niece in a suicide bomb attack that only further strengthened his resolve. It is enlightening, moving, at times, almost too much to read. His father was the famous General Matti Pele [...]

    6. As a Palestinian living in the occupied land outside the separation wall , I hate this book !!before reading this book , I was trying to ignore the fact that on "OUR occupied land " there's actually people living , going to schools every day , having weddings, living ! they were born and raised here , on our stolen land , they ignored our existence on this land 65 years ago,and stole our land, and just because it's been stolen for 65 years doesn't mean it became theirs ! it will never be , some [...]

    7. I really can't give this book anything less than a perfect rating. It's one of those stories that just really sticks with you. Mr. Peled's evolution is truly remarkable, and I'm sure his father would be right there with him if he were still alive.

    8. This is the latest read in my pursuit of knowledge about Israel/Palestine.The book was a surprise to me in that the father's views were not what I expected. Matti Peled, the father, a famous (in Israel) general in the 1967 war, was not a narrow minded martinet, though he was brusque and reticent with his children. It is a shame that much of what his son Miko discovers in this story, could have been related to him directly by an open conversation with his dad. But we the readers would be worse of [...]

    9. For people not quite as fully immersed (read: obsessed) with the situation in Israel/Palestine, the name of Miko Peled, or his father Matti, may not be immediately familiar.I first came across him when researching conscientious Israelis actively taking a stand for peace and opposing the actions of the Israeli state done in their name. It took me a little while to get around to buying Miko's book but I couldn't regret for a second doing so.In brief summary, up until his death, and such was his le [...]

    10. This book is amazing, not because of the way it is written but because of the integrity in which it is written. Furthermore the authenticity of the voice of Miko Peled carries you through his journey. To me, having experienced the brutal terror of the IDF, the words are not just describing of a man's journey but also of a man's conflict and in that, all of us. The way we wish to identify ourselves and whether the identity we choose is really true to who we are deep down. It takes courage to choo [...]

    11. I simply disagree too strongly with the premise here to finish reading. I admire the integrity of the author and his idealism but I simply completely disagree with him. Because I am quite sure that people will passionately disagree with me, I am not giving details and will not answer any attacks on my opinion.

    12. لم أكمل الكتاب ، لا ادري هي الترجمه ام لغه الكتاب نفسه ، قصه الكاتب شيقه جدا تاريخه منذ البدايه؛ جيل الاجداد ثم الاب الذي قضي مرحله من حياته في الولايات المتحده ثم قراره تعلم العربيه .الي اخر ما وصل اليه الكاتب كناشط سلام قصه و سيره ذاتيه سردها رائع ، و لكن لا ادرى اهو اسلوب الت [...]

    13. I wanted to learn more about the history of this region and the peoples who live there - from differing viewpoints. On hearing this, a Jewish friend recommended this book. Bought the electronic version initially. I was so impressed I then bought the paperback version so I could more easily mark passages in the book. The actual writing is occassionally disjoint with too much time spent on the karate parts of his life. It could have used another go with a good editor. It jumped about chronological [...]

    14. A good book generally. It gives an insider look at the lives of "the others" and how they are brought up and perceive their existence on this land as rightful. The historical narration was interesting to read, but I think the book needs a deeper, analytical take that goes beyond the simple narration of a man's journey.I am glad Miko doesn't identify himself as a Zionist anymore, but I want to hear it loud and clear how he thinks the future of 6 million refugees in exile fits within his vision of [...]

    15. An important book about one man's journey to change his ideology and to explore how Palestinians in the West Bank live in the midst of military occupation. The shadow of his father Matti Peled (a general during the 1967 War who supported Palestinian rights afterwards) and the death of his 13-year-old niece to a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, loom over the entire book and led the author to become a supporter of peace and justice for the Palestinians.

    16. Very good book written by a very good man. I felt it was eye opening and at times made my heart ache. It made me see that even as a Christian I can still have a heart as a human being no matter our differences the treament of another person inhumanly would not be accepted anywhere else. I already have someone waiting to read it. Very happy to pass it on to help other people see what is really going on where we only see one side.

    17. الكتاب عظيم بقدر ما هو مؤلم ، بقدر واقعيته و مصداقيته هو متعب ، هو الواقع المرير لفلسطين المحتله ، كتاب يجب ان يُقرأ، كتاب يضع الجميع بلا اقنعه ، كتاب يجعل عقلك ينضج نحو القضيه الفلسطينيه لشكل اكبر من ما تتصور ، بلا شك من افضل ما قرأت هذه السنه ، تأرجح عقلي بالبدايه الا ان استق [...]

    18. This is such an eyeopener and I so admire Miko Peled's journey and the story of his father's life. Anyone interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict should read this book. I borrowed it from the library.

    19. If you're interested in the Middle East and want an insider's perspective on how peace can be achieved, this is a must read.

    20. Conflict Middle EastThis book is an easy read and gives some insight into Israeli and Palestine. Problem. The information can get be repetitive. But over all an interesting. Story

    21. All Americans need to read this. Much more than dry history, a real eye opener about the nature of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Americans (as well as most Israelis) will never know the truth if they only hear the mainstream narative. Mr. Peled's father - a hero in the formation of Israel & also in the 1967 6 days war, spent the rest of his life seeking peace for the 2 factions. But world leaders deliberately paint an entirely different picture than what is seen if one is brave enough to se [...]

    22. The fact that it only took 3 days to read is the first clue on how good a book it is. Having recently traveled to Israel / Palestine and spending much of our trip in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, this book made a lot of sense. I concur that the 2 state solution is untenable, given how badly the Palestinians have been oppressed by the Israelis. I really feel for the Palestinians, as the Israeli military presence is overpowering, as is the explosive growth of the Jewish settlements eating up e [...]

    23. Definitely 4 and 1/2 stars. Easy fast read but good insights into history and reality without getting too heavy. His stories of personal relationships, friendships, and family make this narrative so compelling and easy to access compared to some other more academic reads on this subject. Highly recommend this one! Miko is optimistic and leaves the reader feeling there is true hope of a just peace. America needs to butt out and stop siding with the oppressors and stop funding this brutal illegal [...]

    24. Very well written! Miko avoids politics as best he can and focuses on the human aspect of stories behind people and events. One of the most readable books on the topic, and in fact one of the most readable books I've ever read. Absolutely excellent for anyone who has no idea about Palestine and the related conflicts. He comes from a family of very prominent Israelis and I found that his book was very genuine and honest in his account of his experiences and him trying to make sense of things.

    25. I liked this book very much despite some unevenness in the narrative. I forgave its almost boring, long introduction where the author describes his family background in detail--the real narrative begins somewhere in the middle. I can only imagine the courage it has taken the author, an Israeli with roots firmly in Zionism, to become an outspoken peace activist willing to befriend, talk to, and visit with his Palestinian counterparts.In the 1990's, Miko Peled was raising a family in California, r [...]

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