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A MUST READ FOR ALL PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL WHO CONDEMN PREJUDICE
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Posted December 22, 2006
The Honest Truth
Hard hitting, factual, clearly stated accounts of what Israel has been up against since the late 19th century. A must read for any student of near east politic and history.
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Posted July 15, 2006
Dull read but excellent points
Well the delivery is typical of someone in his position but his points were convincing. One would have hoped that the Palestinians could have diplomatically achieved more substantial territories following 1947 but continuous malicious targeting of israeli civilians and denial of a right to exist to the jews makes it obvious to me that the jews should defend themselves by any necessary means.
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Posted August 16, 2003
A rational answer to critics of Israel
Considering the complexities of the Middle East, Alan Dershowitz¿s ¿The Case for Israel¿ makes for easy reading, which is not to say that the author dumbs down his prose. Avoiding legal jargon, Dershowitz presents a series of rational arguments to counter those criticisms of the Jewish State which to him appear without merit. Since the author is Jewish, he could legitimately be accused of some bias. Yet some Jewish intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Michael Lerner and Norman Finkelstein make a case for the other side as do numbers of Jewish students on our nation¿s campuses. Instead of setting down an essay to expound the case, he devotes a small chapter to each criticism of Israel and proceeds in legalistic prose to attack those rejoinders. Among the most important units are: 1) Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust? 2) Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem? 3) Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal? 4) Is Israel a Racist State? 5) Is There Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorists and Israeli Responses? 6) Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semites? Dershowitz points out that while the extreme right (Nazis, Fascists, and other hate-groups) have been the traditional enemies of Israel, today the Far Left finds it fashionable to condemn Israeli actions in the Middle East if not the very existence of the Jewish state. While the author finds nothing wrong with criticizing some Israeli policies such as the building of settlements, those critics who single out Israel¿s warts in a world that bears witness to genocidal conflicts in areas like Rwanda, Bosnia, and the Congo may indeed be guilty of anti-Semitism. Nor can a legitimate case be made for equating Israel¿s defensive actions with Palestinian terrorism in that the latter specifically targets non-combatants for suicide bombings while Israel regrets the loss of innocent Arab lives snuffed out largely because terrorist groups place military bases in the heart of civilian areas. The Clinton administration solution to the tension which would have given 95%-97% of the West Bank and all of Gaza back to the Palestinians and would have created a Palestinian state was accepted by Israel but rejected by Arafat, presumably because the PLO leader might have feared assassination by Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. The Far Left in America loves to think that it¿s looking out for the underdog and this book may not convince those who continue to believe that Israel occupies land for the fun of it rather than to seek out and neutralize so-called Arab militants (read: terrorists). Nonetheless Dershowitz makes a powerful case for showing that Israel, not the Palestinians, are the underdogs, in that the tiny Jewish state (which occupies a mere 1/5 of one percent of the land area of the Middle East) would be obliterated if it lost a single war. Israel emerges on the morally just side, a beleaguered nation who would live in peace with neighbors if not surrounded and greatly outnumbered by hostile forces.
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