November 30, 2006
Jimmy Carter Mideast book shows his anti-Israel bias
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Carter even blames Israel for the "exodus of Christians from the Holy Land," totally ignoring the Islamization of the area by Hamas and the comparable exodus of Christian Arabs from Lebanon as a result of the increasing influence of Hezbollah and the repeated assassination of Christian leaders by Syria.
Carter also blames every American administration but his own for the Mideast stalemate, with particular emphasis on "a submissive White House and U.S. Congress in recent years." He employs hyperbole and overstatement when he says that "dialogue on controversial issues is a privilege to be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and withheld from those who reject U.S. demands." He confuses terrorist states, such as Iran and Syria to which we do not extend dialogue, with states with whom we strongly disagree, such as France and China, with whom we have constant dialogue.
I hope Carter will seriously consider addressing these omissions and mistakes. He begins his book tour soon, and he will have an opportunity to correct the record.
Alan Dershowitz is a Harvard University Law School professor
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