The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace

Alan M. Dershowitz, Author . Wiley $25.95 (293p) ISBN 978-0-470-37992-9

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.)

Reviewed on: 08/25/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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