The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace Paperback – Sep 1 2009
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The explicit intent of this confrontational book is to intellectually engage prominent "enemies of Israel" in "the open marketplace of ideas." Harvard law professor Dershowitz ("The Case for Israel") begins with a vehement denunciation of his onetime friend Jimmy Carter, and he concludes with an appendix that systematically refutes many claims advanced in Carter's book "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," Though the former president receives Dershowitz's most thorough criticism, the author also identifies and scrutinizes many other "enemies," from Noam Chomsky and Patrick Buchanan to Hezbollah and the Iranian government. Dershowitz assumes the posture of a litigator, but his deep convictions and previous history with many of the book's subjects lend a more personal tone to his critiques, as Dershowitz himself admits. Chapters on terrorism and Iran, which are less targeted at specific individuals, take a more effective philosophical and historical approach. Despite its stated goal of eliciting further debate on the Israel-Palestine conflict, this provocative book will likely appeal to sympathizers and alienate readers less disposed to its author's positions. "(Oct.)" ("Publishers Weekly," August 25, 2008)
"As always when Israel needs to be defended... Alan Dershowitz speaks with great passion and personal courage."
—Elie Wiesel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When it comes to Israel and Palestine (and its supporters in and out of the Arab world), there aren't very many debates. Instead, supporters of one side or the other make claims about the other side being at fault. The history is so involved and complicated that few people know enough about it to assess the assertions without doing a lot of research (something that is beyond the interest of most uninvolved observers).
Professor Dershowitz offers to debate critics of Israel, but they don't take up the challenge. As a result, books like this one are important for helping to get a balanced view of the historical perspective and the current issues (as we all watch with horror as rockets are launched at Israel and Israel attacks those who launch them . . . often in civilian dominated areas).
Let me summarize the book's key points:
1. Former President Jimmy Carter got it wrong in his book, Peace, Not Apartheid. Professor Dershowitz clearly distinguishes what South Africa did to its African and "colored" populations from what Israel does to Palestinians. Carter's book seems filled with obvious errors which are detailed pretty thoroughly in an appendix. Yet Carter stands by the book being without error.
2. Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt mischaracterized the history of Palestinian-Israeli relations in a way that is either incompetent or corrupt. The fact-checking makes the two professors look pretty bad.
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Spreading disinformation with propagandistic intent, their motives are highly suspect. They use all the devious methods of rhetoric in pursuit of their goal, like omission, half-truth, inversion and innuendo. Dershowitz engages their accusations in context, investigates the facts they present in support of their arguments and discusses the host of factors that they deliberately omit when portraying the Middle East situation.
For example, Jimmy Carter never mentions the fact that at present, approximately 20% of Israeli citizens are Arab and 16% of its citizens are Muslim. At last count its Arab citizens were represented by 10 members in the Israeli parliament belonging to three political parties: Balad, Hadash and the United Arab List - Ta'al. Dershowitz considers Carter as Enemy Numero Uno due to his elder statesman status; this position he has misused for the demonization of Israel, thereby opening the door for others to follow.
Chapter One plus the Appendix are devoted to exposing Carter's agenda, tactics, errors & motivations. It should come as no surprise that this worst ex-president of all time who loves hobnobbing with murderous dictators has no problem accepting Arab petrodollars for funding his Carter Center.Read more ›
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