Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Israel's Rights as the Nation-State of the Jewish People

Yesterday, I attended the conference entitled 'The Rights of Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish People in International Diplomacy' co-hosted by the Institute of the World Jewish Congress and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, which examined the historical and legal rights of the Jewish people with the aim of countering the assaults to undermine Israel's legitimacy and to deny the Jewish people's right to self-determination.

The conference launched the book by the same name edited by former Israeli ambassador to Canada Alan Baker, with contributions by Shlomo Avineri, Alan Dershowitz, Ruth Gavison, Martin Gilbert, Dore Gold, Ruth Lapidoth, Nicholas Rostow, and WJC Secretary General Dan Diker.

The book, as a PDF, is here at Scrib.

Or here, as chapters.

I'll bereviewing it soon.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Steve Walt:

Friedman's admission reflects the protracted failure of U.S. policy on the Israel-Palestine issue, going back several decades. That's not news, of course. What has changed in the past few years is that the lobby's operations and its harmful influence are now out in the open for all to see, which makes it almost impossible to make the old arguments that Israel is a "vital strategic asset" or a country that "shares our values" with a straight face, or to convince anyone who's not already in agreement. Not after more than forty years of occupation, not after 9/11, not after the 2006 Lebanon War, not after Operation Cast Lead, not after the killings on the Mavi Marmara, and not after PM Netanyahu's repeated acts of contempt toward the U.S. president.