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The Case for Israel 1st Edition

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Noting that he has been working on versions of these arguments since 1967, famed Harvard law professor Dershowitz offers "a proactive defense of Israel," a kind of amicus brief to "the court of public opinion." Not least among the exhibits are a WWII-era Muslim Palestinian leader who was "a full fledged Nazi war criminal, and he was so declared at Nuremberg"; a "vastly underpopulated" late 19th-century Palestine, to which European Jews began emigrating; and a 75-year-long Arab-Israeli war that features "Arab nations dedicated to genocidal aggression against civilians." Each of the 32 chapters begins with a commonly heard accusation against Israel, with long quotes from reputable "Accusers" (including newspapers and intellectuals), followed by "The Reality" as Dershowitz sees it, and "The Proof," often drawing on the historical record.
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Dershowitz is one of the nation's most prominent and visible defense attorneys, and he is also an ardent, eloquent, but not always uncritical defender of Israel. This book is written in the form of a legal brief. He does not seek to defend particular policies of the current Israeli government. In fact, Dershowitz has frequently criticized some Israeli policies toward Palestinians, particularly regarding West Bank settlements. Rather, here he attempts to rebut what he views as the more general and blatantly discriminatory criticisms of Israel as a state and culture. Some of these criticisms deny the "right" of Israel to exist. In response, Dershowitz asserts both the practical and moral justification for the continued existence of Israel as Jewish state. He also convincingly refutes several other oft-repeated myths, including the supposedly benign treatment of Jews in Arab lands and the "cycle of violence" canard that morally equates Palestinian suicide bombings with Israeli efforts to arrest or kill bombers before they act. As usual, Dershowitz is a passionate but generally fair and honest advocate for his position. Jay Freeman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047146502X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471465027
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the outset, it should be noted that Alan Dershowitz is a lawyer and not a historian. He does not present information from a disinterested perspective as respected historians (e.g. Shlomo Ben-Ami and Benny Morris) do. Although I myself strongly support Israel's existence and the right of its people to live in peace and security, it is difficult to ignore the "blame-it-on-all-the-Palestinians-and-the-Arabs" tone of Professor Dershowitz's book. In Professor Dershowitz's presentation of the Israel-Palestine conflict, almost all wrongdoings on the part of the Israelis are sheerly coincidental, unintentional, or accidental while almost all wrongdoings on the part of the Palestinians are unequivocally malicious and motivated by extremism or anti-Semitism. Although he correctly points out that Jews throughout history have faced disproportionate criticism, unforgivable pogroms, and unjustified discrimination (which are my main reasons for supporting a state in which Jews can live in security and peace), Professor Dershowitz's overly broad and extremely biased assessment of the Arabs and the Palestinians fails in substantiating his case. For one, recycling the same argument spewed out by Daniel Pipes, he writes that all or most Palestinians supported the "losing side" during World War I and World War II (and vis-à-vis the latter, he outrageously claims that all or most Palestinians supported Hitler either explicitly or implicitly during the Holocaust). This is one of several instances in which Professor Dershowitz interprets the decisions and stances of Arab leaders (most of whom are/were corrupt, unpopular, and/or unelected) as being representative of the entire Palestinian population (e.g.Read more ›
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Law Professor Alan Dershowitz brings a totally convincing case for Israel. He brings to the fore 32 common accusations against Israel, that are each deconstructed as follows in segments. - The Accusation, - The Accusers, - The Reality, - The Proof. The separate final conclusion is a very strong, unemotional, restrained argument. Exhaustive references are provided. Professor Dershowitz is not above critical words on Israel, on the contrary. He does prove, fully documented and verifiable, that Israel is singled out for criticism for wrongs that most states commit regularly and without such intense disapproval. The reasons for this take us back to dark days. I urge anyone that is annoyed by Israel, or Zionism, or Israel's stance toward its neighbours, or see it as a grave offender to read this side of the argument. I guarantee you will see things at least differently. This book comes Highly Recommended.
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This book may be passionate, but it is also supported by historical record and evidence. That's what differentiates it from propaganda. Israel is a democracy that has been called an "apartheid state." To understand what's happening in the Middle East, people need have a true understanding of Israel's history and the systematic use of misinformation employed to attack it in the court of public opinion. If you want facts and evidence read this book.
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It is regurgitated ad nauseam that to criticise Israel is not anti-Semitic. No doubt there is an element of truth in this with regards to some naïve and misinformed individuals, but as the most virulent anti-Semitism is now solidly established in mainstream ‘anti-Zionism’, the statement has become not only a platitude but a deflection from the fact that criticism of the Jewish State almost always has the stench of old-fashioned Jew-baiting wafting around it. Whether this be old classics about Jewish thievery, poisoning water supplies, or ritual child murder, all have been adapted into a palatable anti-Zionist format. The very fact that Israel alone is singled out on the international stage for the most aggressive criticism betrays the sinister obsession of its critics with all things Jewish. Irrespective of how anti-Israel activists justify this obsession, the accusations that they consistently parrot, like all anti-Jewish legends, are fictitious. To use a stronger word, they are lies.

Civilized countries generally have laws against libel and one American Professor of Law, Alan Dershowitz, has decided the accusations against Israel amount to just that. His response has been to write this well argued book, putting forward the case in defence of Israel. Beginning with a brief description of the shocking ignorance and misinformation that is displayed across the USA with regards to the Israel/palestine conflict, he moves on to the list the main, as he see it, thirty-two accusations that are continually repeated by anti-Israel activists. These range from the academic, such as the legality of the Balfour Declarations, to the absurd, refuting claims of Israeli genocide, apartheid and Zionist conspiratorial plots.
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As a lawyer, Alan Dershowitz lays out the case for the defense for the state of Israel. His book is very well written and was easy to understand. There are criticizims and untruths about the Jewish homeland. Also as Alan Dershowitz points out, there is a double standard when it comes to Israel's security and defense. I found I was more knowledgable after reading this book. I highly recommend "The Case For Israel to any serious reader.
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