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The Case Against Israel's Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace Paperback – 18 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470490055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470490051
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.1 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,525,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The explicit intent of this confrontational book is to intellectually engage prominent “enemies of Israel” in “the open marketplace of ideas.” Harvard law professor Dershowitz ( The Case for Israel ) begins with a vehement denunciation of his onetime friend Jimmy Carter, and he concludes with an appendix that systematically refutes many claims advanced in Carter’s book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid . Though the former president receives Dershowitz’s most thorough criticism, the author also identifies and scrutinizes many other “enemies,” from Noam Chomsky and Patrick Buchanan to Hezbollah and the Iranian government. Dershowitz assumes the posture of a litigator, but his deep convictions and previous history with many of the book’s subjects lend a more personal tone to his critiques, as Dershowitz himself admits. Chapters on terrorism and Iran, which are less targeted at specific individuals, take a more effective philosophical and historical approach. Despite its stated goal of eliciting further debate on the Israel–Palestine conflict, this provocative book will likely appeal to sympathizers and alienate readers less disposed to its author’s positions. (Oct.) ( Publishers Weekly , August 25, 2008) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"As always when Israel needs to be defended... Alan Dershowitz speaks with great passion and personal courage." —Elie Wiesel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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34 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Before commenting on the book, let me mention that I studied Law and Medicine under Professor Dershowitz many years ago at Harvard Law School. The course was conducted as a running debate between the M.D. professor and Professor Dershowitz. Much could be learned by listening to both sides.

When it comes to Israel and Palestine (and its supporters in and out of the Arab world), there aren't very many debates. Instead, supporters of one side or the other make claims about the other side being at fault. The history is so involved and complicated that few people know enough about it to assess the assertions without doing a lot of research (something that is beyond the interest of most uninvolved observers).

Professor Dershowitz offers to debate critics of Israel, but they don't take up the challenge. As a result, books like this one are important for helping to get a balanced view of the historical perspective and the current issues (as we all watch with horror as rockets are launched at Israel and Israel attacks those who launch them . . . often in civilian dominated areas).

Let me summarize the book's key points:

1. Former President Jimmy Carter got it wrong in his book, Peace, Not Apartheid. Professor Dershowitz clearly distinguishes what South Africa did to its African and "colored" populations from what Israel does to Palestinians. Carter's book seems filled with obvious errors which are detailed pretty thoroughly in an appendix. Yet Carter stands by the book being without error.

2. Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt mischaracterized the history of Palestinian-Israeli relations in a way that is either incompetent or corrupt. The fact-checking makes the two professors look pretty bad.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Hugh Harkin on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be very inspiring. I didn't know much about Israel and about the horrors many Jews continue to face. I have heard a lot of talk against Israel on the TV and in magazines and periodicals. I now wonder if perhaps some commentators have an agenda which is against Israel, no matter what the facts are. This book tackles the lies and the liars. One day there will be peace in the Holy Land and the Israeli people will be able to go about their business without the fear of bombs on buses and rockets flying over from the Palestinian terrorists. Until that day comes we can only sek out books like this and read the truth. If I could give a book six stars...I would!
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17 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
We are living in times of a bottomless hatred of Israel and it's people and friends that is frightening in it's irrational venom.
It certainly resembles the hatred of Nazis for Jews in the 1930s and 40's in it's sheer viciousness, what a Jewish women who witnessed Kristallnacht as a child on that excellent documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West as 'the type of hatred that makes your hear beat faster'.
Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, describes being attacked by a mob of Israel-haters outside Faneuil Hall in Boston points out that this hatred is unexplainable on any rational basis. Phyllis Chesler describes this hatred as 'eroticized'.
Desrhowitz agrees and says that the hatred he saw there was 'passionate hatred, ecstatic hatred, orgasmic hatred, it was beyond mere differences of opinion'.
Again the type of hatred on would have seen at Hitler's Nuremberg rallies or during Kristallnacht.
Dershowitz points out that for a tiny country the size of New Jersey, with a population of 6 million , no other country has as many destructive enemies as Israel.
No other country has been targeted with divestment and boycotts, been the object of so many hostile UN resolutions, been singled out for editorial abuse in the international media , been the victims of as many aggressive protests on colleges and universities and been threatened with annihilation and physical destruction and genocide against it's people.
As an example of the genocidal rhetoric aimed at Israel's population, Hamas MP Ahmed Abu Halabiya speaking from a large mosque in Gaza in June 2003 thundered "Have no mercy on the Jews no matter where they are in any country...Wherever you are kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them...
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21 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 16 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
In "The Case Against Israel's Enemies," Alan Dershowitz writes with passion about a subject close to his heart. He lays out the facts in this well researched book (which includes 35 pages of small print references) in a direct and no-frills style.

Chapter 1 lays out the errors made by one man, Jimmy Carter, whose actions while president have had consequences we are still contending with. Carter's foreign policies were even worse and more long lasting than his national decisions, and I concur with Dershowitz on all his assessments on the past and present behavior of Jimmy Carter, who as an ex-president has done tremendous damage to Israel, and "may be remembered not as a Nobel peace laureate but as a vain and destructive meddler."

Chapter 2 lays out the case against the authors of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. A book that starts with an agenda, and shifts "facts" to prove its case, they admit to not having interviewed a single person, and not making any original research for the paper that was the basis of this book, and yet students and professors give credence to their warped views. Among the other chapters, Dershowitz describes the anti-Semitism of many in the hard Left and hard Right, like Noam Chomsky on the Left, whose relentless hatred of Israel and embrace of Holocaust deniers is staggering, and Pat Buchanan on the Right (though I consider Buchanan more of a 5 star crack-pot than a Right-winger, rather like a book-end to the Left's Ramsey Clark).

Another chapter describes Israel's suicidal enemies, and how parents are known to urge their children to blow themselves up, with as many Israelis as they can take with them, and then celebrate their "martyrdom.
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