Moral Courage from the General’s Son

Please, please take 30 minutes of your time to watch this presentation by Israeli peace activist, Miko Peled, author of the recently published book, “The General’s Son.”

Among other things, Peled’s ideas and convictions carry a profound sense of moral authority because he comes with impeccable Zionist credentials. His grandfather, Avraham Katznelson, was a prominent Zionist leader and signer of the Israeli Declaration of Independence. His father Matti Peled was a major Israeli military leader who fought in the 1948 War of Independence and was an Aluf (“Major-General”) during the 1967 Six-Day War. He later became a scholar of Arabic literature, a leftist politician, and a prominent Israeli advocate of peace talks with the PLO.

Miko is following in his father’s footsteps in more ways than one. In reading his book, it is so clear to me that he is an Israeli through and through and very much a product of his family’s remarkable history. At the same time, he has carried his father’s work of moral witness firmly into the 21st century.

In the video above, he addresses what he considers the fundamental myths of Israeli society: the “Land Without a People for a People Without a Land” myth of 1948, the “War of Survival” myth of 1967, and the myth of “Israeli democracy.” He also speaks eloquently about the moral outrage of the war in Gaza and the issue of Palestinian terror.  (Tragically, Peled’s family has first-hand experience with the latter subject: his niece Smadar was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber in Jerusalem in 1997).

Please watch the clip and send the link on. Moral heroes such as Miko Peled deserve the widest possible audience.

PS: I’m thrilled to be able to say that the publisher of “The General’s Son,” Just World Books, will be soon publishing my book – a curated anthology of “Shalom Rav” posts and comments from 2008-2010.  Much more on this soon – stay tuned!

3 thoughts on “Moral Courage from the General’s Son

  1. Shirin

    the publisher of “The General’s Son,” Just World Books, will be soon publishing my book…

    What a small world it is, at least among like-minded people. I should have known you would have a connection to the wonderful Helena Cobban! Congratulations on the publication of your book. You could not have found a more appropriate publisher – but I’m sure you know that!

  2. Steve H.

    Myth of democracy? Let’s see….there are elected governments in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Yes, the occupation continues…but there is no shortage of elected leaders.

    Readers, the next time you step into a US voting both and have only two choices to vote for – and due to jerrymandered districts, often times no real choice at all – think of the Knesset, with its 13 different parties, including primarily Arab political parties. Many readers may be particularly interested to read about the Balad party ( That’s right…many of the views expressed in this blog actually have a voice in the Knesset.

  3. Rachel Barenblat (@velveteenrabbi)

    Thanks for the video — I recently learned about The General’s Son (it’s part of the list of books about the matzav which I keep meaning to polish up and post on VR, but havne’t done so yet) and I hope to read it soon.

    And mazal tov on the forthcoming publication; what wonderful news! Kol hakavod. I can’t wait to own a copy.


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