A few weeks ago I bought the book “The General’s Son” by Miko Peled, an Israeli. His father – Matti Peled – was one of the most respected Israeli Generals fighting in the 1967 Six-Day-War at the side of people like Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon. As a colonel in the preceding 1956 war against Egypt, when Israel conquered the Gaza Strip and Sinai, Peled had been made military governor of the Gaza Strip. As his son writes: “This was a defining role for him, and it influenced his entire life.”
However, after his experience as governor in Gaza in 1956 and the bloody, albeit short war in 1967, the elder Peled’s views changed. He had seen too many atrocities not only from the enemy but from his own army too, atrocities that chilled the blood.