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Introduction: The Case for Peace.
PART I: Overcoming the Geopolitical Barriers to Peace.
1. The End Result: Two States with Secure and Recognized Borders.
2. Is the One-State Solution a Barrier to Peace?
3. Is a Noncontiguous Palestinian State a Barrier to Peace?
4. Can Peace Be Achieved without Compromising Rights?
5. Is the Division of Jerusalem a Barrier to Peace?
6. Are the Informal Geneva Accords a Basis for or a Barrier to Peace?
7. Can Israel Make Peace and Prevent Terrorism at the Same Time?
8. Are Israeli Counterterrorism Measures the Cause of Suicide Bombings and a Barrier to Peace?
9. What If a Palestinian State Became a Launching Pad for Terrorism?
10. Will Civil Wars Be Necessary to Bring About Peace?
11. Is the Security Fence a Barrier to Peace?
12. Is a Militarized Palestine a Barrier to Peace?
13. Is the Iranian Nuclear Threat a Barrier to Peace?
PART II: Overcoming the Hatred Barriers to Peace.
14. More Palestinian Than the Palestinians.
15. More Israeli Than the Israelis.
16. A Case Study in Hate and Intimidation.
17. Will Anti-Semitism Decrease as Israel Moves toward Peace with the Palestinians?
Conclusion: The Contributions Peace Can Make.
Posted March 8, 2006
In this review of the obstacles to peace posed by hatred of Israel among, inter alia, radical Islam, academia, the UN, and western Europeans, Dershowitz once again places the onus on Israel's enemies to justify the double standard that they impose on the Jewish state. Dershowitz discusses the various arguments posed by those who would rather continue to villify Israel as opposed to sitting down and negotiating a just and lasting peace -- e.g., the security barrier, the Arabs' insistence on their 'right to return' to Israel proper, thereby negating the Jewish character of the state, and the fact that Palestine (like many countries of the world) will be a noncontiguous state. Similar to the Case for Israel, Dershowitz lays out the various arguments against peace posed by the anti-Israel establishment and carefully and logically refutes them, thereby placing the onus back on the opponents of peace. In that vein, Dershowitz also takes aim at the ultra-nationalist Israeli right wing and duly criticizes it as an enemy to peace as well, with its own set of contrived justifications for its stance against the peace process. In the end, while the strident tone of Dershowitz's book will undoubtedly be off-putting to Israel's persistent detractors, those detractors are urged to get beyond that tone and seriously reconsider their positions -- as did left wing feminist writer Phyllis Chesler (See, The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Must Do about It.) I look forward to a response from Noam Chomsky and company. They have their work cut out for them.
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