Posted on: February 2, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 41

Alan Dershowitz: NO SALE, Part 3–Clearing the Fog

Read Part 1   Read Part 2  I begrudge no one, regardless of their views, the right to speak up and passionately defend what they believe is right. In no matter is this more important than in the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the US role in it. But Dershowitz’s “contribution” to the debate is destructive to all involved. This is not a court case where the arena is…

Posted on: February 2, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 46

Alan Dershowitz: NO SALE, Part 2–Arab Money

Read Part 1   Read Part 3 There’s an odd schizophrenia in Dershowitz’s broadside on Carter at Gather.com. On the one hand, he is absolutely brutal in attacking Carter, calling him some horrible things and making some very serious implications. On the other, he fondly reminisces about supporting Carter for president and mentions more than once Carter’s admirable work in so many human rights and social aid and justice arenas. But…

Posted on: February 2, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 11

Alan Dershowitz: NO SALE, Part 1

Read Part 2 Read Part 3 You really have to give Alan Dershowitz credit. It’s obvious that his success as a lawyer comes from a great talent for building a convincing argument. It is also clear that he understands very well the difference between a convincing argument and a cogent one. Dershowitz has let loose with both barrels on Jimmy Carter in a blog at gather.com. Dershowitz not only makes…

Posted on: January 20, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 32

Why the A-Word Doesn’t Work

Jimmy Carter’s latest op-ed in the Washington Post starts off with this: “I am concerned that public discussion of my book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” has been diverted from the book’s basic proposals: that peace talks be resumed after six years of delay and that the tragic persecution of Palestinians be ended. Although most critics have not seriously disputed or even mentioned the facts and suggestions about these two issues,…

Posted on: January 19, 2007 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 14

Peace With Syria: What Would It Mean?

The January 16 edition of Ha’aretz revealed that some intrepid Israelis, Syrians and international supporters of peace had come together and cobbled out a document that would serve as the framework for a peace agreement between the two old enemies. It is reminiscent of the early days of the Oslo Accords, before the lawyers (and perhaps more importantly, the Americans) got involved in earnest. In the backwoods negotiations in Oslo,…