A prolonged diatribe depicting Israel and the Jews as the greatest obstacles to peace in the Middle East and to the inevitable emergence of stabilized, united Arab states.
Cohen is beyond outspoken in this book that is far more about Jews than Arabs. His indictment of Israel as a nuclear bully and criminal oppressor of the Palestinians—willingly abetted by a United States controlled by influential American Jews—crosses over into denunciation. “The rest of the world is correct to view these two rogue governments as direct threats to life on earth,” he writes. He depicts Jews as a tiny, ultra-privileged demographic of self-serving believers in their own superiority and as a people with no empathy for the non-Jewish majority. In Cohen’s view, American soldiers fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan protecting the interests of Israel, not of their own country. “It is a totally new world being managed by corporations rather than governments,” he writes. “Jews control most of these corporations. This means that everything will be tilted in favor of Israel and its security and future in the Middle East.” Jewish control of the media and the culture, he says, assures these realities will be seen as unfit for public discussion. The author’s preoccupation with these themes overshadows his prediction of a new Arab coalition of still Islamic but modernized states, with Iran included and Israel withered away to nothing. “There is no place in the Middle East for a Jewish state,” he writes. “From almost all perspectives, Israel is an unnatural implant in the Middle East.” Jews, he says, would do better as they always have, living in other countries, including those with Islamic majorities. And as American influence in the region wanes, they may have no other choice. In his bombastic style, Cohen scrupulously provides examples and references for all he asserts. He provides no biography and avoids revealing any personal information. Is he himself Jewish? He doesn’t say, though he does seem to suggest that only Jews dare speak the truth about Jews.
A highly provocative, if one-sided, perspective not often heard in mainstream discourse.