Israel’s Linguistic Acrobatics [Book Review]

Sam Bahour
9 min readJun 28, 2022

No amount of Israeltalk can whitewash Israeli crimes.

How I Learned to Speak Israel: An American’s Guide to a Foreign Policy Language, By Alex McDonald, 426 pp. Great Tree Publishing (2021), $24.95 | When They Speak Israel: A Guide to Clarity In Conversations About Israel, By Alex McDonald, 156 pp. Great Tree Publishing (2021), $12.95

I am careful about recommending books. Everyone’s time is precious. My commending two books to your attention in a single review, then, means I found them to be beyond impressive.

Both books are authored by Alex McDonald: How I Learned to Speak Israel: An American’s Guide to a Foreign Policy Language, and its…

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