Defending Israel : The Story of My Relationship with My Most Challenging Client
Author(s): Alan M. Dershowitz
World-renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz recounts stories from his many years of defending the state of Israel.
Alan Dershowitz has spent years advocating for his "most challenging client"—the state of Israel—both publicly and in private meetings with high level international figures, including every US president and Israeli leader of the past 40 years. Replete with personal insights and unreported details, Defending Israel offers a comprehensive history of modern Israel from the perspective of one of the country's most important supporters. Readers are given a rare front row seat to the high profile controversies and debates that Dershowitz was involved in over the years, even as the political tides shifted and the liberal community became increasingly critical of Israeli policies.
Beyond documenting America's changing attitude toward the country, Defending Israel serves as an updated defense of the Jewish homeland on numerous points—though it also includes Dershowitz's criticisms of Israeli decisions and policies that he believes to be unwise. At a time when Jewish Americans as a whole are increasingly uncertain as to who supports Israel and who doesn't, there is no better book to turn to for answers—and a pragmatic look toward the future.
“Dershowitz has always liked a good argument, and he has found plenty of fodder in Israeli policies over the decades…In fighting for Israel on the public stage, the author has often condemned the legitimization, by some elements of the political left, of Palestinian aggression—yet he also defends ‘the right of those who demonized Israel…to express their hateful views.’ Unbowed and proud, Dershowitz leaves readers with a singing endorsement of ‘the most successful new nation that has been born—really reborn—during the past century.’” —Kirkus Review
“[Dershowitz] accepts the mantle of Israel’s public defender, and his new book can be seen as a kind of trial brief…At the same time, Defending Israel is a memoir, both sentimental and poignant…There is a certain solemnity and gravity to his latest book, which serves as a charge to his fellow Americans and his fellow Jews: ‘We must determine our destiny, write our future history, and assure the survival of the Jewish people and their nation-state forever.’” —Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal
“Defending Israel is an important and timely addition to the current history of the Middle East and Israel. It is an authoritative account of Israel’s dependence on the popular support in the West. Dershowitz explores Israel’s security issues in the light of rising anti-Semitism and diminishing support for Israel among Western youth.” —The Washington Book Review