Lawyer Alan Dershowitz, usually categorized as a liberal, has written a book called THE CASE FOR ISRAEL.
The book intends to, and appears to, demolish the Palestinian side of the Israeli vs. Palestinian controversy.
My intent in this thread is to allow my fellow Dopers to engage in some (well-informed) ignorance abatement on two general issues: (1) To what extent is Dershowitz’s case a fair and accurate presentation of fact? (2) If it IS accurate in crucial respects, what is the basis for the Left’s fairly pervasive, longtime, and continuing “tilt” toward Palestinian views and against Israeli views?
Re: my #1: I’m not interested in ad hominem attacks on Dershowitz himself. Please focus on his claims (for example, that the State of Israel stems from a large, legal, peacefully established Jewish presence in the area going back to the mid-19th Century; that Palestinian leaders have repeatedly rejected any resolution that allows for the legally protected presence of any organized Jewish entity in the region–etc.). I don’t expect lawyers (on either side) not to be lawyers. I’m interested in the truth-status of their claims.
And re: my #2: If my comment about “the Left” seems offbase or unfair, tell me so. At least from my point of view as an American reading the daily papers, attacks on Israel’s position in the controversy track strongly with left-leaning views on such matters as the environment, women’s rights, anti-militarism, anti-globalization, the world role of the US, and so on. (Many obvious ironies there.) And I am speaking of the views of persons; obviously many of the governments that officially support the Palestinian claim are on the political right. But in terms of persons who tend leftward in their sympathies, what makes the Israeli view so unappealing (if the historical facts are anything like what Dershowitz claims)? Reflexive opposition to a religiously-defined society? Reflexive sympathy toward the economically poorer society?
When did antipathy toward Jews and their traditional aspiration for a homeland become an article of faith for those of “liberal” inclination? (I am not referring to anti-semitism per se.) Is it as simple as the fact that Zionism emerged as a “rival” to the world-unifying aspirations of Leninism, and we are still seeing reverberations from that struggle?
I don’t see the logical connection between being pro-Left in general, and pro-Palestinian in particular.