Monday, 14 May 2018

Operation Israel, Indeed

I have tried and tried with the Israelis, I really have. The foundation of the State of Israel took place in the same year as the arrival of the Empire Windrush, and "Send them back to where they came from" strikes me as no more acceptable in one context than in the other.

But the Israelis, or at any rate what are after all their elected leaders, seem determined not to help themselves. Notice how Palestinians are never reported as having been killed. They just "die". Nevertheless, don't mourn. Organise.

My friend Hernán Dobry is the author of a groundbreaking book, Operation Israel: The Rearming of Argentina During the Dictatorship, 1976-1983, on Israel's arming of Argentina during the Falklands War. He owns all of the rights, because his publisher in Argentina has decided against a second edition. But he has updated it based on new research.

Its publication in Britain would significantly alter the debate on Israel among those who have become the staunchest British supporters of the current Israeli Government. I am therefore seeking to arrange simultaneous publication in Spanish in Buenos Aires and in London, and then the same of an English translation as soon as possible thereafter, with a preface or a foreword by someone at once distinguished and marketable; obviously, we already have someone specific in mind. 

Hernán maintains that his English is not up to translating his text, and my Spanish is certainly nowhere near that good, so we do need to find someone. A major London publishing house is interested, but the question is that of the translation costs, which would be in the region of £5000. Anyone in a position to help in any way, please email Very many thanks.

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