Among the prominent legal minds supporting recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor emeritus.
Dershowitz is critical of the stack of one-sided resolutions passed by the United Nations against Israel and believes the decision on Jerusalem recently announced by President Trump is the “perfect response” to Barack Obama’s “stab in the back” of Israel last year.
He is referring to “President Obama’s outrageous orchestration” of the “benighted” UN security council resolution 2334 in the last days of his presidency.
“That resolution defined Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem as a ‘flagrant violation of international law’ with ‘no legal validity’ and demanded Israel immediately cease all construction in those areas, deemed by the resolution ‘occupied Palestinian territory’,” reported Arutz Sheva, a conservative Israeli newspaper.
Arutz Sheva in its Dec 6 article described how the Obama administration had not only failed to veto the anti-Israel resolution but had instead “played an active role in promoting it”.
⇓ “Obama hates Israel” – Trump
Trump: ‘Obama hates Israel, Jewish state safe with me’ https://t.co/EVqzl0CPio
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) October 30, 2015
In other words, American Jews such as Deshowitz view Obama as being vindictive against the Jewish state whereas Donald Trump is the very antithesis to Obama, on top of being the most pro-Israel president ever.
In his TV appearance on Fox News (video below), Dershowitz said:
“I think President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is the perfect response to President Obama’s outrageous orchestration of the security council resolution which he pushed through as a lame duck, that declared the Western Wall to be illegally occupied territory, the Hebrew University, Hadassah Hospital, the Jewish – according to this resolution that was basically pushed through by Obama, these are outrageously flagrant violations of international law.”
Dershowitz added, “The best response to that horrible resolution is for the President to say, ‘we don’t accept the UN resolution, and the best proof of it is, we’re going to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”.
“You say it’s occupied, we say it’s the capital.”
Conservatives and Christians are pro Israel
Alan Dershowitz’s views on Trump vis-a-vis Israel can be considered as aligned with conservative thinking.
The airing of his legal opinions not particularly favourable to the Democrats has, however, created rifts with his liberal social circle and caused them to unfriend him, Dershowitz told Politico in an interview on Dec 26.
“My liberal friends don’t invite me to dinner anymore,” Dershowitz revealed although he himself was previously embraced as a liberal standard-bearer. Today he receives hate mail in droves.
“I got e-mails saying, ‘You’re doing this because of Jerusalem,’ ‘you’re doing it because you’re being paid a lot of money,’ ‘you want to be Trump’s lawyer,’ ‘you want to be on the Supreme Court’.”
Denying the charges put forth by his distractors, Dershowitz countered that his only offline interactions with the administration have been about Israel, Politico reported.
“I’ve spoken to Jared [Kushner] about Israel, I’ve spoken to [Middle East envoy] Jason Greenblatt about Israel, I’ve spoken to the president about Israel,” he said. “I’m passionate about Israel,” the political news magazine quoted him as saying.
It is quite understandable for a practising Jew to be passionate about Israel. Another group that is passionate about Israel is the evangelical Christian.
It is equally understandable for an evangelist to be staunchly pro Israel as it’s to Jerusalem where they go to, after all, make their Christian pilgrimage.
⇓ Israel loves Trump
The World Likes Obama More Than Trump – Except in Israel and Russiahttps://t.co/cZ3HTHdL0C
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) June 27, 2017
Former president Obama has found it difficult to hide his contempt for the evangelical Christians whom he characterizes as backward people who “cling” to their guns and their Bibles.
The feeling of loathing is mutual where the Bible Belters on their part believe the conspiracy theory that Barack ‘Hussein’ Obama is really a closet Muslim.
Among others who despise Obama are the pro-Israel proponents. Alan Dershowitz deems that Obama “will go down in history as one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever”.
Commenting on Jerusalem initiative, Dershowitz said on Dec 20, “The Trump declaration restored some balance that was taken away by the Obama-inspired security council resolution  of a year ago”.
Explaining why Obama changed the status quo in East Jerusalem to the disadvantage of Israel, Dershowitz said:
“Obama did it as lame duck revenge against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom he hated. His motive was personal, not patriotic. His decision was bad for America, for peace, and for America’s ally, Israel. He never would have done it except as a lame duck with no political accountability and no checks and balances.
Dershowitz concluded, “This entire brouhaha about Jerusalem — including the staged tactical violence by Palestinians — is entirely the fault of a single vengeful individual who put personal pique over American policy: Barack Obama”.
Therefore Trump’s Jerusalem move is a form of damage control “designed to undo” the setback (in legal status) inflicted by Obama, Deshowitz said.
Obama’s polar opposite is Donald Trump whom the Israeli Jews adore so much so that CNN mocks the phenomenon as a “Trump-naming frenzy” that is sweeping across Israel.
In the latest CNN report yesterday, America’s most anti-Trump news station told its liberal audience that apart from streets and parks, a high-speed rail station in the Old City of Jerusalem stopping just before the Western Wall (the holiest site at which Jews can pray) will also be named after Trump.
Both Obama and Trump are very polarizing figures. Obama has polarized American liberals and conservatives to unprecedented levels of animosity. Trump is polarizing the Christians and the Muslims.
Nonetheless, Trump has also nudged a paradigm shift in American policy dealing with the realpolitik of Israel-Arab tensions.
The Jerusalem decision is naturally applauded by Dershowitz who states “it is beyond the jurisdiction of the United Nations to tell a sovereign nation what it can and cannot recognize [as Israel’s capital]”.
Expect the conservatives and the evangelical Christians to dig in their heels. Other the other side of the religious ideological divide, Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi says Israel a threat to peace, harmony in Jerusalem.
This holiest of cities for Jews and Christians as well as one venerated by Muslims looms large in the threat to world peace.
Part 1 appeared yesterday