The Case for Israel

The Case for Israel

by Alan Dershowitz

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The Case for Israel is an ardent defense of Israel's rights, supported by indisputable evidence.
  • Presents a passionate look at what Israel's accusers and detractors are saying about this war-torn country.
  • Dershowitz accuses those who attack Israel of international bigotry and backs up his argument with hard facts.
  • Widely respected as a civil libertarian, legal educator, and defense attorney extraordinaire, Alan Dershowitz has also been a passionate though not uncritical supporter of Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118045749
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 545,878
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Alan Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, is one of the country's foremost appellate lawyers and a distinguished defender of individual liberties. He appears frequently on television and has contributed articles to the New York Times and other newspapers and magazines. His many books include the #1 New York Times bestseller Chutzpah and The Vanishing American Jew.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition.



1. Is Israel a Colonial, Imperialist State?

2. Did European Jews Displace Palestinians?

3. Was the Zionist Movement a Plot to Colonize All of Palestine?

4. Was the Balfour Declaration Binding International Law?

5. Were the Jews Unwilling to Share Palestine?

6. Have the Jews Always Rejected the Two-State Solution?

7. Have the Jews Exploited the Holocaust?

8. Was the U.N. Partition Plan Unfair to Palestinians?

9. Were Jews a Minority in What Became Israel?

10. Has Israel's Victimization of the Palestinians Been the Primary Cause of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

11. Was the Israeli War of Independence Expansionists Aggression?

12. Did Israel Create the Arab Refugee Problem?

13. Did Israel Start the Six-Day War?

14. Was the Israeli Occupation Without Justification.

15. Was the Yom Kippur War Israel's Fault?

16. Has Israel Made Serious Efforts at Peace?

17. Was Arafat Right in Turning Down the Barak-Clinton Peace Proposal?

18. Why Have More Palestinians Than Israelis Been Killed?

19. Does Israel Torture Palestinians?

20. Has Israel Engaged in Genocide against Palestinian Civilians?

21. Is Israel a Racist State?

22. Is the Israeli Occupation the Cause of All the Problems?

23. Has Israel Denied the Palestinians Statehood?

24. Is Israel's Policy of House Destruction Collective Punishment?

25. Is Targeted Assassination of Terrorist Leaders Unlawful?

26. Is Settlement in the West Bank and Gaza a Major Barrier to Peace?

27. Is Terrorism Merely Part of a Cycle of Violence?

28. Is Israel the Prime Human Rights Violator in the World?

29. Is there Moral Equivalence between Palestinian Terrorist and Israeli Responses?

30. Should Universities Divest from Israel and Boycott Israeli Scholars?

31. Are Critics of Israel Anti-Semitic?

32. Why Do So Many Jews and Even Israelis Side With The Palestinians?

Conclusion: Israel-the Jew among Nations.



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"Eric Hoffer wrote in the '60s about the phenomenon of the assimilated Jew who would, to prove his worth to his betters, oppose the state of Israel and call it conscience. I applaud Professor Dershowitz for his consistent, principled, and reasoned defense of Israel, and, so, of the Jewish people." ?David Mamet

"In a world in which Israel seems always to be the accused, regardless of the facts, Alan Dershowitz's defense offers an oasis of sanity and straight talk. It may be too much to hope that Israel's accusers will read this powerful and persuasive response to their charges. It is not at all too much to ask that fair-minded observers do so." ?Floyd Abrams

"Alan Dershowitz's detailed and penetrating analysis of the issues that fuel the continuing war in Israel should be read by everyone interested in reaching a fair conclusion as to how that tragic conflict should be ended. Every charge leveled by Israel's opponents is dealt with lucidly and convincingly by one of the nation's brightest minds and most effective advocates." ?Mario M. Cuomo

"This is a powerful and brilliantly argued book by a life- long champion of law, freedom, and human rights. Dershowitz faces down the Big Lies one by one and proves that Israel is not guilty of colonialism, apartheid, or "Nazism." Anyone who cares about Israel?and about the truth?will find this essential, even life-saving reading." ?Phyllis Chesler Ph.D, author of The New Anti-Semitism: The Current Crisis and What We Can Do About It

"In this important book, as in many of his writings, Alan Dershowitz remains an ardent and courageous defender of Israel and what the law stands for." ?Elie Wiesel

"The Case for Israel is a marvelous primer for supporters of that beleaguered state who want to d efend Israel from the calamities falsely ascribed to it by its worldwide enemies. Dershowitz has summarized those false accusations and provided the facts, enabling the reader to respond to the anti-Semites and those who are hostile to Israel. More than a great read, it is essential if you want to be equipped to defend Israel in the world of conversation and debate." ?Edward I. Koch

"The Case for Israel is indispensable reading for those of us who are deeply disturbed by the rise of anti-Semitism in American society, even on college campuses." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Chairman, Department of African and African-American Studies at Harvard

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Case for Israel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for an international relations class last winter quarter. By the time I had finished it, I was totally incensed. Not, however, because I disagreed with the thesis of the book. Rather, the anger stemmed from Dershowitz's utterly compelling argument in favor of Israel and the obvious bias of much of the world. Although Dershowitz's assertions tend to favor Israel, his argument is not based exclusively on the premise that Israel is a perfect nation. Instead, he admits that Israel has faults and is more than willing to point them out. Yet it is also an indictment of terrorism and, specifically, the double standard that the international community harbors toward Israel (at least as Dershowitz perceives it). All in all, I would HIHGLY recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and found Dershowitz'arguments very compelling. He lays out his case and supports it every step of the way. I appreciated all the empirical evidence that he provides, such as populations figures, which can, presumably, be objectively supported or refuted through independent research. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MichaelF More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Middle East. Prof. Dershowitz not only states his position, but documents his statements completely. If anyone doubts his documentation, the footnotes are there for all to check out.

This is a scholarly work, but also an easy read. Top marks for this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems odd that this complex conflict is so often portrayed in such a black and white manner. This book adresses the conflict with facts that present alot of greys, greys that the 'objective proffessionals' ('forget' to adress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
MSWallack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book, but, unfortunately, it wasn't perfect. Anybody that is interested in Israel (especially the Israeli-Palestinian dispute) should read this book. Even more important, those who would like to defend Israel but who do not feel that they have the background to answer the allegations of Israel-bashers (or pro-Palestinians), then this book will provide you with much of the knowledge (and ammunition) needed. The book is laid out as a series of allegations leveled against Israel, each followed by examples of the allegation and by a rebuttal (often consisting of both history lesson and legal and/or moral arguments). My biggest complaint with Dershowitz's book is that if you do not agree with some of the arguments that he makes in earlier sections, then the arguments raised in later sections may fall flat (for example, some people will never [although they're idiots] agree that Israel was fighting a defensive war in the 1967 Six Day War; if you do not accept this argument, then many of the arguments that are premised on this argument are weakened). Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling arguments. Use fact rather than emotion to present his points. Dershowitz is an amazing thinker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book everyone interested in the Middle East should read. Yes it was written a number of years ago but the insights still hold. Mr. Dershowitz is scrupulous about referencing his arguments. So much information, I started to write "stuff" down. An important book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
In fairness to Mr Dershowitz, in both his books `The Case For Israel¿ and `The Case For Peace¿, he performs the function of a good lawyer. His objective is to successfully argue the innocence of his client, in this case the State of Israel. His process is meticulous. He examines the facts, omits those which incriminate his client and correspondingly elevates to high prominence those likely to make Israel be seen in a favourable light. This is what a good lawyer is obliged to do, to construct the best possible defence for their client regardless of their client¿s actual guilt or innocence. While Mr Dershowitz¿s work is impeccable for a defence lawyer in a criminal court, as a prominent academic his work is potentially very harmful to prospect of a lasting peace emerging in the Israel / Palestine conflict given that it is likely to entrench those who already harbour a simplified and distorted notion of the nature of the conflict and its root causes. The consequence of Mr Dershowitz¿s approach is that his writings cannot be considered impartial or objective, as he himself has implicitly acknowledged during interviews about his books. At every opportunity he emphasises the virtue of Israel and Israelis while reducing the Palestinians to a vulgar stereotype of an irrational, primitive mob, irredeemably bound to anti-Semitic violence despite the perpetual efforts of peace loving Israeli leaders to reach a magnanimous accord. Some already disposed to believe such a partisan account of the conflict may find Dershowitz¿s writing credible. Others, even ardent Zionists, may find themselves winching as Dershowitz¿s attempts to justify transparently illegal acts such as settlement construction in the occupied territories and targeted assassinations of political opponents. Dershowitz¿s literally breathtaking claim that the high number of Palestinians civilian deaths is due primarily to the incompetence of Palestinian doctors rather than the Israeli soldiers who shoot them is sadly typical of the type of argument he resorts to in defence of his client. It is with arguments like the one above that he enhances his reputation as a lawyer while simultaneously discrediting himself as an academic. It seems in Mr Dershowitz¿s view that truth is merely a raw material for the production of propaganda, and nothing more. Both The Case For Israel and The Case For Peace begin with a kernel of truth, then stretch and distort it to such an extent that ultimately the contents of both books frequently verge on the ridiculous. Through shameless distortion and omission Dershowitz has create a body of work that merely further obscures an understanding of the conflict and therefore postpones it resolution, a postponement likely to be paid for with the lives of innocent Israelis and Palestinians. Perhaps Mr Dershowitz should reflect on this when he next chooses to lift his pen on the subject of Israel and Palestine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read Israeli Apartheid by Ben White and compare it to Dershowitz's The Case for Israel. Decide for yourself who makes the better case. It's amazing how far apart the two sides are--almost a black versus white difference
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inaccurate and tendentious throughout. For example, he writes 'historians believe that the Hebrews arrived in present-day Israel sometime in the second millennium B.C.E. Under Joshua, and later King David and his successors, independent Hebrew kingdoms existed.' In fact, no respected Christian, Jewish or secular historian argues that an independent Hebrew kingdom ever existed under Joshua. Not even the Bible claims that Joshua was a king or had a kingdom! We have no demographic data to support his claim that Jews formed the main part of the population for most of the sixteen hundred years between 1000 BCE and 636 CE. This cavalier disregard for truth and historical accuracy is typical. Dershowitz is after all a lawyer, not a scholar, trained to make the best possible case for his client, not to investigate the truth. Read instead Avi Shlaim's The Iron Wall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before anyone buys this book, watch the Democracy Now episode on the review of this book by a professor Norman Finkelstein.