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Harvard law professor Dershowitz has written widely on the conflict in the Middle East, including his recent The Case for Israel, through which he earned the reputation as a combative defender of Israel. Here, he combines two goals. First, he quite effectively lays out an analytical case that peace is achievable in the Middle East with two states in historic Palestine, some border adjustments of the 1967 truce lines, the division of Jerusalem, and a renunciation of violence on all sides. He asserts that a resolution along these lines is sought by many Israelis and Palestinians and is now possible after the death of Yasir Arafat. He can't resist his second goal, however, which is to attack the extremists who obstruct movement toward peace, particularly those he criticizes as racists and hate-mongers committed to the destruction of Israel. His analysis of the prospects for peace has some merit, but overall the book is a hastily produced collection of quotations and anecdotes infused with repetitive fury and disdain for those "vilifiers of Israel." This book might be an interesting addition to the large shelf devoted to the Middle East conflict, but its strident tone keeps it off the must-have list for both the general and the specialized reader.-Elizabeth R. Hayford, Associated Coll. of the Midwest, Chicago (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The Case for Peace may not be the best book to turn to for an academic or scholarly view on the problems of the Middle East. After enumerating several political barriers to a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians and offering ways to overcome them, popular author Dershowitz (Harvard Law) discusses how to deal with "the Hatred Barriers to Peace." The geopolitical barriers discussed include proposals for a binational Arab-Jewish state, return of the Palestine refugees to their homes in Israel, terrorism, and Iran's nuclear threat. In much of part 2, Dershowitz counterattacks several authors, including Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, and Alexander Cockburn, who have criticized his laudatory writing about Israel. He accuses them of being not only unfair critics of the Jewish state, but hostile to Jews in general. Dershowitz maintains that criticism approaching overt antisemitism can be found in many places, including American university Middle East studies programs, and among numerous British and European intellectuals. He charges that proposals by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to boycott American companies dealing with Israel is not only unfair, but manifests hostility to Jews. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Comprehensive collections, upper-division undergraduate and above. D. Peretz emeritus, SUNY at Binghamton
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Attorney and bestselling author Alan M. Dershowitz was first in his class at Yale Law School. <p> Dershowitz was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and the youngest full professor in the history of Harvard Law School. He is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union. Dershowitz has represented many controversial clients, including O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson, Leona Helmsley and Patricia Hearst. <p> His books include Reasonable Doubt (about the O. J. Simpson trial) and Sexual McCarthyism: Clinton, Starr, and the Emerging Constitutional Crisis. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)