Obstacle to Peace

The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Jeremy R. Hammond

Obstacle to Peace shatters mainstream narratives, revealing the true reasons for the conflict’s persistence and illuminating the path to peace.

“carefully documented and highly informative” Noam Chomsky

Author of Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel & The Palestinians

What is the root cause of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians?

“essential reading on Israel-Palestine” Philip Giraldi

Former CIA Officer and Columnist for The American Conservative

Why has it persisted for so long?

“breaks new ground in ways that fundamentally alter our understanding of the conflict and how to resolve it” Richard Falk

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories

How can peace and justice finally be realized?

Obstacle to Peace not only provides the answers…

. . . but also explains why you won’t hear them from the US government or mainstream media.

With incisive and provocative analysis, award-winning journalist Jeremy R. Hammond provides a meticulously documented account that explodes popular myths and deconstructs standard narratives about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

For anyone seeking a better understanding of the conflict’s root causes, the true reasons for its persistence, and the way forward, Obstacle to Peace delivers the knowledge and insights to effect the paradigm shift required to achieve justice and peace in the Middle East.

More Praise for Obstacle to Peace

as meticulously detailed as it is readable Max Blumenthal

Author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

“we can take hope from the fact that some scholars still produce serious and informative books on the most critical issues of our time” Paul Craig Roberts

Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and Wall Street Journal Editor

“sharp and original” Steven Salaita

Author of The Holy Land in Transit: Colonialism and the Quest for Canaan

“a valuable resource for every scholar and activist” Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Independent researcher and foreign policy analyst

“a must for every bookshelf on this topic” Don Liebich

Author of Fault Lines: The Layman's Guide to Understanding America's Role in the Ever-Changing Middle East

“a bridge to a real peace process” Mats Svensson

Former Swedish diplomat and author of Crimes, Victims and Witnesses: Apartheid in Palestine

Amazon Customer Reviews

5-stars“A great book…. The detail, both verbal and numerical, is massive…. [A]nyone wishing to understand this conflict would benefit from reading this book.” — DJE

5-stars“Obstacle To Peace by Jeremy R. Hammond is one of the very best books out there for giving people a very clear and concise understanding of why, when both sides say they want peace, after all these years there is no peace.” — Steven Lance

5-stars“This book is a tour de force. Hammond’s rich, fact-based analysis extends well beyond platitudes to a deep integration of historical and contemporary research based on sources that could hardly be disputed. The book expects much of the reader, but gives a thorough accounting of how and why peace has not been achieved.” — Richard G Ellefritz

5-stars“Very well researched and a must read for anyone wanting to know what transpired in Palestine over the last 150 years.” — Guy St Hilaire

Obstacle to Peace Reveals the Truth About:

How US and Israeli policies have strengthened Hamas

Why Israel implemented an illegal policy of collectively punishing the civilian population of Gaza, and how it’s been able to do so with impunity

What really happened during Operation Cast Lead and Operation Pillar of Defense, two of Israel’s large-scale military assaults on the defenseless Gaza Strip

What the so-called “peace process” is and why the US pursues it so aggressively

Why Israel attacked the Mavi Marmara in international waters, and why the US defended the killing of nine peace activists on board

How Israel has maintained its occupation of Palestine and what must happen to bring it to an end

What must occur for Palestinian refugees to have a realistic hope of exercising their right to return to their homeland

How and why the US mainstream media manipulate information so as to manufacture consent for US foreign policy

How to decipher the euphemistic language used by the government and media to deceive the public

How the United Nations helped create the conflict and how Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has played a duplicitous role

What the Goldstone Report was, what its findings were, and why it so upset the US and Israel

How, despite congenial rhetoric to the contrary, the Obama administration has continued the longstanding US policy of rejecting the rights of the Palestinian people

And much more!

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About the Author

About the Author

Jeremy R. Hammond is an award-winning independent political analyst, publisher and editor of Foreign Policy Journal, and author.

In 2009, he received a Project Censored Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for his coverage of the US’s support for Israel’s full-scale military assault on the Gaza Strip in 2008-09.

He has written three books, including Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and The Rejection of Palestinian Self-Determination: The Struggle for Palestine and the Roots of the Israeli-Arab Conflict.

Find him on the web at JeremyRHammond.com.

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