Dershowitz Bombshell: ‘Carter Scuttled Camp David II’
Posted by Oyster on May 16, 2007
There’s never a dull moment with Alan Dershowitz. And Sunday’s speech by Israel’s most eloquent defender at Stanford University was no different. Here, ShiksaLover and Oyster are pictured with one of the nations “most distinguished defenders of individual rights”. Oyster, of course, is hocking Dershowitz’s book, “The Case for Israel” (yes, he got it signed!).
The Oy Bay-exclusive shocking revelation, pictures from the event, the complete audio of the presentation, and Finkelstein’s disgusting anti-Dershowitz cartoon [warning NSFW!], after the jump!
For those of you who have been living under a rock, Alan Dershowitz is “one of the nation’s most prominent and visible defense attorneys, and he is also an ardent, eloquent, but not always uncritical defender of Israel”. Ever since I listened to “The Vanishing American Jew” on books-on-tape back in high school, I was hooked. This guy was a smart Jewish thinker. A little chutzpadik, but hey: modesty is so goyishe. A little obsessed with quoting Harvard studies, but you can forgive him. He’s the youngest professor ever tenured at Harvard Law School, at the tender age of 25.
I had, in a sense, heard Professor Dershowitz talk before. Back in 2003, he was scheduled to give a talk at UC Berkeley (aka “The Heart of Darkness”). Due to health reasons, he was unable to fly out. But John “I want a cage-match with Michael Krasny” Rothmann of ZOA & KGO fame was there to save the day. He acted as ‘master-of-ceremonies’ for a live satellite discussion, with John moderating questions.
So this was payback time. I wanted to see “the Dershowitz” live, and in person. And the busy beavers of Stanford Hillel were doing everything in their power to sate that desire.
His talk was brilliant, thorough, structured, eloquent, and logical. The best that Dershowitz could dish out. It all sounded fairly familiar, especially after reading “The Case for Israel”. He departed from his standard defenses of Israel at numerous points.
Developments since last I heard him speak included last summer’s Israel-Hezbollah War, his crusade against self-hating Jew Norman Finkelstein, and his plublishing of a follow up to “The Case for Israel”, “The Case for Peace” (just look at the jacket layout similarities).
Here Dershowitz was showing that he wasn’t what his detractors try to make him out to be: a one-sided right-wing Israel apologist. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dershowitz’s thinking is very iconoclastic, and bows to no political ideology. He is fastidious in his pursuit of the law and logic, even when applying it to international relations. Thus, you will find it hard to pigeon-hole him. He proudly declares “I am pro-Palestinian, and I am pro-Israel”, placing him very much in the center.
On the Finkelstein-Dershowitz duel, he revealed the full extent of the shameless and disgusting mud-slinging that his opponenets are willing to resort to in order to try to disparage his character. Eliciting revulsion from the audience, Professor Dershowitz revealed the following nasty graphic (drawn by his neo-Nazi chum, Latuff), published next to an article by Finkelstein, suggesting that Dershowitz be assassinated:
In case there was any remaining presumption that a Holocaust-denying piece-of-shit like Finkelstein was a serious academic, let his juvenile and perverted libel of Dershowitz shatter it.
But of everything that Professor Dershowitz said, one thing was so shocking that it elicited an audible gasp from the audience, no lewd pictures necessary. In his analysis of Jimmy Carter’s Israel bashing, Professor Dershowitz revealed a series of circumstantial evidence that points to Carter’s direct meddling in the abortive 2000 Camp David peace summit between then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, PLO Chairman Yassir “May my own name be erased” Arafat, and former President Clinton. Dershowitz, who has tangled with Carter recently, pointed to Carter’s provocative book which indicates that Carter’s Saudi-funded institute was consulting the Palestinian delegation on US politics, and later Carter specifically says that, I paraphrase, “no Palestinian leader could have survived accepting that offer”. That’s funny, because Saudi Prince Bandar was even quoted saying, “If Arafat does not accept what is available now, it won’t be a tragedy, it will be a crime [against the Palestinian people].”
Some other views on the speech:
- The usual knee-jerk “Dershowitz=torture” response.
- You know Stanford is a pretty calm campus when some students dressed in orange protesting Dershowitz extracts a rare ‘Wow!’ from their official “unofficial” blog.
- A piece from the Stanford Daily that ‘balances’ their coverage by bringing on people criticizing Dershowitz. Did Finkelstein get such treatment?