The Case for Peace

The Case for Peace

How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can Be Resolved

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley, c2005
ISBN: 0471743178 (cloth : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 956.94054 DER
Characteristics: ix, 246 p. : maps ; 25 cm

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Jul 17, 2015

In the sequel to "The Case for Israel", the author makes a strong case that peace is possible between Israel and Palestine. He reviews Bill Clinton's proposal in 2000 that gave Arafat 95% of what he wanted but was still rejected. He discusses many of the sticking points, including the separation barrier, settlements, and how Palestine can be an effective country despite two exclavated units (the West Bank and Gaza). He heaps scorn on not just those who claim to be the "true" Palestinians, but also those who claim to be "more Israeli" - including some hyperactive televangelists who refuse to recognize Jews are still bound by their own covenant and don't have to cowtow to Jesus. He goes after the "boycott, divestment, sanctions" movement that has swept university campuses across the free world, and finally goes after his most avowed enemies, not the least of which is Noam Chomsky. Years after its publication, it's still the definitive book on the subject. And it mourns a lost opportunity - for even Prince Bandar told Arafat he made the biggest mistake of his life and his decision would only destabilize the Middle East further which is exactly what happened.

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