ISBN-10:
0471743178
ISBN-13:
9780471743170
Pub. Date:
08/12/2005
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved / Edition 1

Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved / Edition 1

by Alan Dershowitz
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Overview

In the bestselling The Case for Israel, Alan Dershowitz used all his skills as an advocate to defend the Jewish state against the lies and distortions hurled at it in recent years. Now, as the Israelis and the Palestinians take tentative steps toward peace following the death of Yasser Arafat, Dershowitz offers a timely and provocative analysis of the opportunities and challenges ahead.

All reasonable people, Dershowitz argues, know what a final peace settlement will look like: two states, based on Israeli withdrawals from Gaza and most of the West Bank; a symbolic recognition by Israel of the rights of Palestinian refugees, with some compensation but no "right of return"; the division of Jerusalem; and a renunciation of violence, with the Palestinians taking all reasonable measures to stamp out terrorism. The problem is how to get there without more bloodshed.

To that end, Dershowitz identifies twelve geopolitical barriers to peace—and explains how to move around them and push the process forward. From the division of Jerusalem and Israeli counterterrorism measures to the security fence and the Iranian nuclear threat, his analyses are clear-headed, well-argued, and sure to be controversial. To cite just a few of his points:

  • The "one-state" solution propounded by hard-line Palestinians and their allies on the left is an absolute nonstarter—a smoke screen for those who are enemies of peace.
  • Palestinians cannot expect to get more West Bank land than they would have under the Camp David and Taba negotiations of 2000 and 2001; additional territorial concessions would be an implicit reward for Palestinian terrorism in the intervening years.
  • A multinational force, including U.S. troops, may be necessary to respond to Palestinian terrorist provocations after a settlement is reached.
  • In addition to cracking down on terrorists, Palestinians must consider extending their laws against "hate speech" to reduce the level of hostility toward Israel.

But, according to Dershowitz, achieving a lasting peace will require more than tough-minded negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. In academia, Europe, the UN, and the Arab world, Israel-bashing and anti-Semitism have reached new heights, despite the recent Israeli-Palestinian movement toward peace. Surveying this outpouring of vilification, Dershowitz deconstructs the smear tactics used by Israel-haters and shows how this kind of anti-Israel McCarthyism is aimed at scuttling any real chance of peace.

For anyone concerned about the fate of Israel and the Middle East, this provocative, hard-headed look at the prospects for peace will be required reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471743170
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/12/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

ALAN DERSHOWITZ is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, one of the nation's foremost appellate lawyers, and a respected voice on Israel. His many books include the New York Times bestsellers The Case for Israel (Wiley) and Chutzpah. He is also a syndicated columnist who has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and many other newspapers and periodicals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

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.

Notes.

Index.

What People are Saying About This

Amos Oz

Alan Dershowitz's The Case For Peace is a sober, pragmatic and yet enthusiastic voice for peace between Israel and Palestine, to be based not on sentimentalist wishful thinking and not on dogmatic theorizing but on realism and empathy. I read it with thrill.

Dennis Ross

In The Case for Peace, Alan Dershowitz has offered a thoughtful and profoundly logical response to all the critical questions about what sustains the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and what can end it. For anyone who believes in peace, even while having doubts about whether it can be achieved, this is an important book to read. (Middle East advisor and chief negotiator under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton)

From the Publisher

"In The Case for Peace, Alan Dershowitz has offered a thoughtful and profoundly logical response to all the critical questions about what sustains the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and what can end it. For anyone who believes in peace, even while having doubts about whether it can be achieved, this is an important book to read."
—Dennis Ross, Middle East advisor and chief negotiator under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton

"Alan Dershowitz has done it again! Just as he brilliantly presented the Case for Israel, he cogently argues that now is the time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, with the passing of Yasser Arafat and the democratic election of Mahmoud Abbas. The Case for Peace, like The Case for Israel, takes aim at Israel’s enemies, but Alan Dershowitz now recognizes that the enemies of peace, in the extremist camp of the Palestinians and Israel, are also enemies of an Israel that deserves to have peace within secure borders next to a Palestinian state. He properly takes special aim at those American academics who insist that only a one state solution will provide justice for Palestinians, a certain prescription for the end of Israel as a Jewish state."
—Stuart Eizenstadt, former senior official in the Carter and Clinton administrations

"Alan Dershowitz has been on the forefront of making the case for Israel and against terrorism. Now he turns his attention to making the case for peace. He understands, as I do, how difficult it is to achieve peace with security. He confronts these difficulties with insight and with the benefit of years of experience."
—Ariel Sharon

"Alan Dershowitz's The Case For Peace is a sober, pragmatic and yet enthusiastic voice for peace between Israel and Palestine, to be based not on sentimentalist wishful thinking and not on dogmatic theorizing but on realism and empathy. I read it with thrill."
—Amos Oz

"Alan Dershowitz brings his exceptional skills as a legal and political thinker to this concise and compelling argument for Middle Eastern peace. The simple chord that resonates through the complex scenarios described in The Case for Peace is one of decency and respect ­ for Palestinians, for Israelis, and, ultimately, for humanity itself. With an eye toward shared benefits and lasting resolution, Dershowitz offers a pragmatic proposal rooted in the lessons of the past and the opportunities of the present. Hopeful and wise, the blueprint for stability presented in this book is among the best in recent years."
-- President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

Alan Dershowitz brings his exceptional skills as a legal and political thinker to this concise and compelling argument for Middle Eastern peace. The simple chord that resonates through the complex scenarios described in The Case for Peace is one of decency and respect ­ for Palestinians, for Israelis, and, ultimately, for humanity itself. With an eye toward shared benefits and lasting resolution, Dershowitz offers a pragmatic proposal rooted in the lessons of the past and the opportunities of the present. Hopeful and wise, the blueprint for stability presented in this book is among the best in recent years.

Ariel Sharon

Alan Dershowitz has been on the forefront of making the case for Israel and against terrorism. Now he turns his attention to making the case for peace. He understands, as I do, how difficult it is to achieve peace with security. He confronts these difficulties with insight and with the benefit of years of experience.

Stuart Eizenstadt

Alan Dershowitz has done it again! Just as he brilliantly presented the Case for Israel, he cogently argues that now is the time for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, with the passing of Yasser Arafat and the democratic election of Mahmoud Abbas. The Case for Peace, like The Case for Israel, takes aim at Israel's enemies, but Alan Dershowitz now recognizes that the enemies of peace, in the extremist camp of the Palestinians and Israel, are also enemies of an Israel that deserves to have peace within secure borders next to a Palestinian state. He properly takes special aim at those American academics who insist that only a one state solution will provide justice for Palestinians, a certain prescription for the end of Israel as a Jewish state. (Former senior official in the Carter and Clinton administrations)

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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.