Our Harsh Logic by Breaking the Silence
Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Israeli soldiers speak out for the first time about the truth of the Palestinian occupation, in "one of the most important books on Israel/Palestine in this generation" (The New York Review of Books)

The very name of the Israel Defense Forces—which many Israelis speak of as "the most moral army in the world"—suggests that its primary mission is the defense of the country's territory. Indeed, both internationally and within Israel, support for the occupation of Palestinian territory rests on the belief that the army's actions and presence in the West Bank and Gaza are essentially defensive and responsive, aimed at protecting the country from terror.

But Israeli soldiers themselves tell a profoundly different story. In this landmark work, which includes hundreds of soldiers' testimonies collected over a decade, what emerges is a broad policy that is anything but defensive. In their own words, the soldiers reveal in human and vivid detail how the key planks of the army's ostensibly protective program—"prevention of terror," "separation of populations," "preservation of the fabric of life," and "law enforcement"—have in fact served to accelerate acquisition of Palestinian land, cripple all normal political and social life, and ultimately thwart the possibility of independence.

The many soldiers who have spoken out have taken aim at a silence of complicity, both within Israel and in the wider world, that perpetuates the justification for occupation. In the process, they have created a gripping and immediate record of oppression. Powerful and incontrovertible, Our Harsh Logic is a supremely significant contribution to one of the world's most vexed conflicts.


About Breaking the Silence

See more books from this Author
Breaking the Silence, one of Israel's most internationally lauded NGOs, was established in Jerusalem in 2004 by Israel Defense Forces veterans to document the testimonies of Israeli soldiers who have served in the occupied territories.
Published September 18, 2012 by Metropolitan Books. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Our Harsh Logic

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

A soldier's-eye view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sep 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Sold...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Random brutality, Kafkaesque bureaucracy, hatred, and dehumanization: that’s the face of Israeli rule in the West Bank and Gaza as described by disaffected soldiers in this troubling oral history.

Jul 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Sold...

Reader Rating for Our Harsh Logic

An aggregated and normalized score based on 28 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review