Dershowitz: 'Obama committed personal act of revenge against Netanyahu whom he despised'

Asked about Israel's 'annexation,' Dershowitz slammed Obama for making the 'biggest unilateral move of all' 'in act of personal revenge.'

Eitan Divinsky ,

Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz
Reuters

Shurat HaDin, the human rights organization specializing in the legal and economic struggle against terrorist organizations, held a virtual roundtable with a panel of legal experts, entitled 'Pulling the Annexation Trigger.'

The event focused on US President Donald Trump's peace plan and the implications of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

Commenting on whether the move could be referred to as Israel's "annexation" of existing Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, retired Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University Alan Dershowitz said that when it came to unilateral moves, the biggest such move came at the hands of former US President Barack Obama, who committed a "personal act of revenge against Israeli PM Netanyahu, whom he despised, when he pushed the UN Security Council Resolution 2664, [condemning Israeli 'occupation' of territories liberated in the Six-Day War] in an effort to tie the hands of the incoming US president."

Dershowitz said that while Israel had "accepted a two-state solution on [multiple occasions], the Palestinians refused to accept any [peace deal] and that the question [was] what do you do when the Palestinians won't even sit down."

"The goal of Trump's plan is to bring the Palestinians to the negotiating table," he stated and wondered, "What' options [do we have] if they don't?"

"Preservations of the status quo and I think...the plan that's now on the table comes very close to preserving the status quo."

An official US source on Thursday told Reuters that the White House talks regarding the application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria concluded without a decision being made, as US President Donald Trump is still unsure of whether to support the move.

US Special Representative to the Middle East Avi Berkowitz is expected to fly to Israel Thursday night, together with Ambassador Friedman, in order to continue the coordination ahead of the application of sovereignty.

Earlier on Thursday, reports surfaced that Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen visited Jordan, meeting with King Abdullah II to discuss Israel's intention to apply sovereignty.

On Monday, leading Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Trump, expressing their support for Israel's right to go ahead with the move.

"As dedicated friends of the Jewish state, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the relationship between our two nations and Israel’s right to sovereignty and defensible borders," they wrote.



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