For One Democratic State
in the whole of Palestine (Israel)


FOR One Man, One Vote



The US Military Professor Robert Hickson writes in The Neo-Conned:


The common good of the United States would be greatly furthered, I believe, if there were even just one “ferociously honest” man like Israel Shamir within the U.S. military. This former Israeli commando and immigrant from the former Soviet Union gives many unflinching “reports from reality,” which are not easily found in other sources. The reader of this essay will certainly know what I mean if he will only read Shamir’s recently published collection of essays entitled Flowers of Galilee.

In his candid book, Israel Shamir gives more and deeper cultural and strategic intelligence about Israel than one will find in all of CIA’s unclassified translations, available from its gifted, but sometimes overly selective (or self-censoring), Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS). Like the now-deceased Israeli writer and “secular humanist” Israel Shahak – but, I think, even more profoundly so – Israel Shamir is truthful and candid in his manifold analyses and presentation of hard facts, many of which are essentially unknown in the West unless one reads Hebrew.

What Israel Shamir writes gives not only much “ground truth” about Israel and its strategic operations and deceptions, but also larger reports about the “political action of Jewish forces” in the wider world, and keenly vivid “cautionary tales” plus even deeper “parables” – all of which will aid our indispensable knowledge of reality and give good grounds for the United States’ strategic “course-correction” in the Middle East and at home.

Israel Shamir’s work would be a great example to our own military and intelligence officers. For it has been my constant experience over the years – even as a professor at military colleges and academies, strategic institutes, and universities – that our military and intelligence officers are not formed to grasp, nor even to desire, a deeper cultural and strategic intelligence about foreign countries. That kind of intelligence (hence understanding) is too often depreciated and considered as “soft intelligence” rather than “hard” or “quantifiable” intelligence. As a result, and as we become increasingly secularized as a nation, we cannot easily take the measure of foreign religious cultures or gauge the importance of religious world-views such as Zionism and Islam.

Read his essay in full.


Robert Hickson, USA (ret.), Ph.D.

Robert Hickson, USA (ret.), Ph.D., is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer, and Vietnam War veteran. Following his retirement he served for many years in the intelligence and special-operations communities in varying capacities. His degree is in comparative literature and classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he is a founding faculty member of Christendom College. Hickson has held professorships at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Joint Special Operations University at U.S. Special Operations Command, the John. F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and the Joint Military Intelligence College.