Middle East Peace Debate with Jimmy Carter and Alan Dershowitz
Former President Jimmy Carter talked about his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," published by Simon and Schuster. At this event former President Carter summarized the book and addressed issues surrounding its public reception, including his use of the word "apartheid," his statements regarding Jews and the American media, his opinions on the responsibility of Palestinian leadership, and his decision not to debate Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz at the event. He also apologized for a sentence in the book that implies Israel is responsible for stopping Palestinian acts of terror, and challenged Brandeis University students and professors to travel to the region to determine whether his claims regarding human rights abuses are justified. Immediately following the event and former President Carter's departure, Alan Dershowitz was allowed to respond to points made by former President Carter regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mr. Dershowitz challenged several points made in the book, calling former President Carter's synopsis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict overly simplistic and claiming that the former president changes his approach depending on his audience. He also questioned Carter's influence on Yasser Arafat's decision to reject the terms offered at Camp David in 2000. Then Mr. Dershowitz debated with students in the audience on topics including the influence of Israeli checkpoints on religious fundamentalism, the role of Iran in the Middle East, and the impact of Israeli settlements on the peace process. The program contains a portion with poor audio quality at the start of Mr. Dershowitz's remarks due to technical problems in the auditorium.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 1:41am (ET)