Dershowitz Rips Obama on Iran: Couldn’t ‘Negotiate a One-month Lease’


Famed defense attorney and retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz ripped President Barack Obama in an address to a conference of pro-Israel activists in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. Dershowitz, who backed Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, expressed strong disappointment with President Obama’s recent treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as the weak negotiating posture of the Obama administration in talks with Iran.

“I wouldn’t hire this administration to negotiate a one-month lease for me,” Dershowitz said.

He also called Obama “undiplomatic,” “petulant,” and “juvenile,” according to Noah Pollak of the Emergency Committee for Israel, which has run ads in political races that target Obama’s weak policies on Israel and national security in general.

The StandWithUs conference focuses on opposing the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement that is aimed at isolating Israel and is being pushed by left-wing groups throughout the country, particularly on college campuses.

Despite his repeated support for Obama, Dershowitz had warned as early as 2010 that Obama could become America’s version of Neville Chamberlain–the British Prime Minister infamous for appeasing Adolf Hitler.

“Most people today are not aware that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain helped restore Great Britain’s financial stability during the Great Depression and also passed legislation to extend unemployment benefits, pay pensions to retired workers and otherwise help those hit hard by the slumping economy,” Dershowitz wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “But history does remember his failure to confront Hitler. That is Chamberlain’s enduring legacy.” He warned Obama could face the same fate if Iran developed nuclear weapons capacity.


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