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Alan Dershowitz on NKorea: Strike Could Endanger US Soldiers, Allies – Newsmax

Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday that the United States was “not free at this point to try to take a preemptive attack” on North Korea because it would endanger South Korea and the thousands of American troops stationed in the region.

“North Korea is much more complicated, because it’s so close to South Korea and we have so many American soldiers in harm’s way in South Korea,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told “Newsmax Now” hosts John Bachman and Miranda Khan in an interview.

“We’re not free at this point to try to take a preemptive attack on North Korea without risking our soldiers and risking South Korea.

“The problem is once a country develops nuclear weapons, we have very little leverage,” he said.

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North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile near Pyongyang early Saturday, according to news reports, but it failed seconds after it was launched.

Trump slammed the move as “bad” on Twitter, saying that Pyongyang “disrespected the wishes of China” with the test.

“We must get to a situation where North Korea can’t use their nuclear weapons against our allies or against ourselves,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “It’s a very, very difficult situation.

“We, at least, have to offer the opportunity for talking before firing shots,” he later added. “We always have to offer that opportunity.

“But we may come to a point where we have little choice and little option and that’s the choice we can’t afford to ever have when it comes to Iran.”

Dershowitz has long slammed the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration.

“So, once fooled, shame on them,” he said. “Twice fooled, shame on us.”

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Alan Dershowitz Tells Dems, GOP: Stop the Whining and Get to Work – Newsmax

The ongoing moaning by Democrats over Donald Trump’s presidential victory must stop and yet they’re doing exactly what Republicans did when Barack Obama won the White House, renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV.

And that fact makes it essential that both sides grow up and address the nation’s and the world’s most pressing problems like adults.

“The Democrats are being very negative and it’s time for them to accept the Trump presidency,” Dershowitz said Thursday to Newsmax TV’s JD Hayworth.

“But let’s just go back eight years and remember how the Republicans treated the Obama presidency including Donald Trump who said it was an illegitimate presidency, he shouldn’t have been allowed to run.

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“So I think we’re seeing it on both sides and I think the time has come for grownups, for adults in the room to say enough is enough.”

Dershowitz said the nation should tell lawmakers, “let’s get to policy, let’s get to trying to change the tax code in a way that helps all Americans’ healthcare, that helps all Americans. Let’s deal with North Korea, let’s deal with Syria and let’s stop this extremism.”

“What I worry about is all over the world we’re seeing the left move further to the left and the right move further to the right,” Dershowitz, a retired Harvard law professor, told Hayworth.

“We’re not having conversations like we’re having the two of us a centrist liberal Democrat and a centrist conservative Republican having rationale discourse about the future of America and the future of the world. That’s disappearing.

“On college campuses, our future leaders, are not learning how to have conversations. They’re learning how to scream at each other. They’re learning how to demand safe spaces. They’re learning how to become the kind of leaders that are the last thing in the world we need.”

Dershowitz is the author of “Abraham: The World’s First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer,” “The Case for Israel” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for Unaroused Voters.”

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WATCH: Lisa Bloom slams Alan Dershowitz after he downplays the … – Raw Story

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer for several of Bill OReillys accusers, clashed with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday after he downplayed the impact of her clients coming forward to corroborate OReillys pattern of sexual misconduct.

Dershowitz relayed his theory that what brought down the former Fox News hosts was not the women coming forward, but an (as yet unproven) video tape that proved OReillys harassment.

OReilly could not survive the release of that tape, Dershowitz opined during CNNs Tonight with Don Lemon.

Bloom jumped in to explain the tipping point was giving them the evidence and witness to corroborate the claims, adding the lawyers at my law firm and I, weve been working very hard on this.

Theres no comparison between cumulative accusations and his voice on the tape, Dershowitz replied. But Bloom stood her ground. Have you heard the tape? Dershowitz pressed. Nobodys ever heard the tape.

Im very familiar with all these facts, Bloom explained, noting shes read a transcript of a tape with OReilly. Still, Dershowitz insisted theres no comparison between reading a transcript and hearing the tape.

Okay, but youre just spitballing here! Bloom shot back.

Dershowitz later repeated that more women coming forward doesnt account for the networks decision. Theres something we dont know, he said. I suspect it was the tape. Another guest agreed with Dershowitz, pointing out perhaps it was the advertisers who finally got to the network.

By that time, Bloom was ready to strike.

Or maybe it was a concerted effort by a group of women who day after day after day were calling in complaints, who were going on TV despite the fear, who were putting the public pressure on, who were going to the advertisers, she replied. Maybe its the people who actually made this happen! Maybe thats what happened!

These things didnt just happen. They were made to happen by my clients, and I want those women to get credit, she later added.

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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Alan Dershowitz to Address ‘Anti-Zionism in the Academy’ – Jewish Link of New Jersey

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Alan Dershowitz, a 1955 graduate of Yeshiva University High School, and Yeshiva Universitys Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik will discuss Anti-Zionism in the Academy: Israel and the Future of American Education on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lamport Auditorium at Yeshiva Universitys Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The event, which is open to the public, is part of the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) Centennial Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, for which Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik serves as the director.

The Centennial Lecture Series shines a light on YU High Schools proud history of providing the very best in Jewish education by exposing the wider YUHSB communityalumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, students and friendsto a small selection of our impressive alumni, said Rabbi Josh Kahn, YUHSB head of school.

Space for this event is limited and advanced registration is recommended. To RSVP, please visit centennial.yuhsb.org/events. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elissa Schertz at [emailprotected]

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Alan Dershowitz: What North Korea should teach us about Iran – Fox News

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and is reprinted with permission.

We failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. As a result, our options to stop them from developing a delivery system capable of reaching our shores are severely limited.

The hard lesson from our failure to stop North Korea before they became a nuclear power is that we MUST stop Iran from ever developing or acquiring a nuclear arsenal. A nuclear Iran would be far more dangerous to American interest than a nuclear North Korea.

Iran already has rockets capable of reaching numerous American allies. They are in the process of upgrading them and making them capable of delivering a nuclear payload to our shores. Its fundamentalist religious leaders would be willing to sacrifice millions of Iranians to destroy the big Satin (United States) or the little Satin (Israel).

The late “moderate” leader Hashemi Rafsanjani once told an American journalist that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, they would kill as many as five million Jews, and that if Israel retaliated, they would kill fifteen million Iranians, which would be a small sacrifice from among the billion Muslims in the world. He concluded that it is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality. Recall that the Iranian Mullahs were willing to sacrifice thousands of child-soldiers in their futile war with Iraq. There is nothing more dangerous than a suicide regime armed with nuclear weapons.

The deal signed by Iran in 2015 postpones Irans quest for a nuclear arsenal, but it doesnt prevent it, despite Irans unequivocal statement in the preamble to the agreement that Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons. (Emphasis added).

Recall that North Korea provided similar assurances to the Clinton Administration back in 1994, only to break them several years later with no real consequences.

The Iranian Mullahs apparently regard their reaffirmation as merely hortatory and not legally binding. The body of the agreement itself the portion Iran believes is legally binding — does not preclude Iran from developing nuclear weapons after a certain time, variously estimated as between 10 to 15 years from the signing of the agreement. Nor does it prevent Iran from perfecting its delivery systems, including nuclear tipped inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States.

If we are not to make the same mistake with Iran that we made with North Korea, we must do something now before Iran secures a weapon to deter the Mullahs from becoming a nuclear power, over which we would have little or no leverage.

Congress should now enact legislation declaring that Irans reaffirmation that it will never develop or acquire nuclear weapons is an integral part of the agreement and represents the policy of the United States. It is too late to change the words of the deal, but it is not too late for Congress to insist that Iran comply fully with all of its provisions, even those in the preamble.

In order to ensure that the entirety of the agreement is carried out, including that reaffirmation, Congress should adopt the proposal made by Thomas L. Friedman on July 22, 2015 and by myself on 5 September 2013.

To quote Friedman: Congress should pass a resolution authorizing this and future presidents to use force to prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear weapons state Iran must know now that the U.S. president is authorized to destroy without warning or negotiation any attempt by Tehran to build a bomb. I put it similarly: Congress should authorize the President to take military action against Irans nuclear weapons program if it were to cross the red lines.

The benefits of enacting such legislation are clear: the law would underline the centrality to the deal of Irans reaffirmation never to acquire nuclear weapons, and would provide both a deterrent against Iran violating its reaffirmation and an enforcement authorization in the event it does.

A law based on these two elements adopting Irans reaffirmation as the official American policy and authorizing a preventive military strike if Iran tried to obtain nuclear weapons may be an alternative we can live with. But without such an alternative, the deal is currently interpreted by Iran will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

In all probability, it would merely postpone that catastrophe for about a decade while legitimating its occurrence. This is not an outcome we can live with as evidenced by the crisis we are now confronting with North Korea.

So let us learn from our mistake and not repeat it with Iran.

Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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WATCH: Lisa Bloom slams Alan Dershowitz after he downplays the impact of O’Reilly victims coming forward – Raw Story

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer for several of Bill OReillys accusers, clashed with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday after he downplayed the impact of her clients coming forward to corroborate OReillys pattern of sexual misconduct.

Dershowitz relayed his theory that what brought down the former Fox News hosts was not the women coming forward, but an (as yet unproven) video tape that proved OReillys harassment.

OReilly could not survive the release of that tape, Dershowitz opined during CNNs Tonight with Don Lemon.

Bloom jumped in to explain the tipping point was giving them the evidence and witness to corroborate the claims, adding the lawyers at my law firm and I, weve been working very hard on this.

Theres no comparison between cumulative accusations and his voice on the tape, Dershowitz replied. But Bloom stood her ground. Have you heard the tape? Dershowitz pressed. Nobodys ever heard the tape.

Im very familiar with all these facts, Bloom explained, noting shes read a transcript of a tape with OReilly. Still, Dershowitz insisted theres no comparison between reading a transcript and hearing the tape.

Okay, but youre just spitballing here! Bloom shot back.

Dershowitz later repeated that more women coming forward doesnt account for the networks decision. Theres something we dont know, he said. I suspect it was the tape. Another guest agreed with Dershowitz, pointing out perhaps it was the advertisers who finally got to the network.

By that time, Bloom was ready to strike.

Or maybe it was a concerted effort by a group of women who day after day after day were calling in complaints, who were going on TV despite the fear, who were putting the public pressure on, who were going to the advertisers, she replied. Maybe its the people who actually made this happen! Maybe thats what happened!

These things didnt just happen. They were made to happen by my clients, and I want those women to get credit, she later added.

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Donald Trump and Sean Spicer find unlikely ally in Dershowitz … – Boston Herald

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and accused the Democratic National Committee and the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect of exaggerating his Hitler gaffe in a bid to discredit President Trump.

Spicer has been under fire since he compared Syrias use of chemical weapons to Adolf Hitler wrongly claiming Hitler never used poison gas.

It was a serious mistake and it showed a kind of ignorance of history, but it was an honest mistake, Dershowitz said yesterday on Boston Herald Radios Morning Meeting program with co-hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot. But Dershowitz said Spicers critics themselves exploited the Holocaust.

He didnt do it out of any bad motive because hes a Holocaust-denier … and he immediately apologized, Dershowitz said of Spicers comment during a press conference Tuesday that, even Hitler didnt sink to the level of using chemical weapons.

After his comments were widely condemned, Spicer admitted his mistake in a series of TV interviews, at one point saying he felt like he, let the president down.

I made a mistake; theres no other way to say it, Spicer said Wednesday. I got into a topic that I shouldnt have and I screwed up.

Though Spicers apologized and tried to clarify his remark, the Anne Frank Center admonished him on its official Twitter account.

On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death, it wrote.

Dershowitz said the Anne Frank Centers statement was egregious, especially considering Spicers apology.

In fact, its rare to see an apology so full-throated and full-hearted as his apology and yet the DNC which has their own problems with anti-Semitism used his mistake as a political wedge to go after him and the Trump administration and in doing so, basically themselves exploited the Holocaust in the memory of the 6 million, Dershowitz said. So I think what the DNC did and what this phony organization that calls themselves the Anne Frank Center did, was much worse than what Spicer did because what they did was premeditated. It was designed clearly to gain partisan advantage from the Holocaust and thats just not acceptable.

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Alan Dershowitz: Democrats, not Sean Spicer, are the ones exploiting the Holocaust for political gain – Washington Examiner

The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday.

The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline “We will not stand for anti-Semitism.” Its content included the following: “Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.”

By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did “stand for anti-Semitism” namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhan’s very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin. In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicer’s statement as “unforgivable.” I do not recall him saying that Ellison’s collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was “unforgivable.” Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of “downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.” But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy.

Steven Goldstein, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself “The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect,” accused Spicer of “engage[ing] in Holocaust denial.” He called Spicer’s mistake a “most evil slur” against the Jewish people. Goldstein claims to speak for the Jewish people, but he represents only himself and a few handfuls of radical followers who are not in any way representative of the mainstream Jewish community. He repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them!

These over the top reactions to a historical mistake made by Spicer that was not motivated by anti-Semitism represents political exploitation of the Holocaust. Spicer was wrong in seeking to bolster his argument against Assad by referring to Hitler, and his political opponents are wrong in exploiting the tragedy of the Holocaust to score partisan points against him.

The difference is that Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue. Historical analogies are by their nature generally flawed. Analogies to the Holocaust are always misguided, and often offensive, even if not so intended.

On CNN the other night, Don Lemon asked me if I was “offended as a Jew” by what Spicer had said. The truth is that I was offended as someone who cares about historical accuracy by Spicer’s apparent lack of knowledge regarding the Nazi’s use of chemicals such as Zyklon B to murder Jews during the Holocaust. But it never occurred to me that Spicer’s misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, or an intent to “slur” the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did.

Extreme right-wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of “alt-right” Americans. But hard-left and Muslim extremist anti-Semitism is a far greater problem in America today, especially on university campuses. So those of us who hate all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry, regardless of its source, must fight this evil on a non-partisan basis.

Republicans must be especially vigilant in condemning anti-Semitism from the Right, as must Democrats from the Left. It’s far too easy to call out the bigotry of your opponents. It’s more difficult and more important to call it out among your political friends.

We must also get our priorities straight, focusing on the greatest dangers regardless of whether they come from the Right or the Left, from Republicans or Democrats. The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicer’s mistake dishonored the memory of the six million.

Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for the Unaroused Voter.” A shorter version of this article was previously published by the Gatestone Institute.

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Alan Dershowitz turns the tables on Sean Spicer’s critics – Power Line (blog)

Last night, I wrote about the over-the-top criticism of Sean Spicers misstatement about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer shouldnt have compared Hitler favorably to Assad on this score, but to suggest that his comment shows latent anti-Semitism, or makes him a Holocaust denier, is slanderous.

Alan Dershowitz agrees. Indeed, he takes the analysis further, finding that those trying to make political hay out of Spicers misstatement are the ones showing insufficient sensitivity to the Holocaust.

Dershowitz writes:

The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday.

Foremost among the exploiters is the Democratic National Committee:

The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism. Its content included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.

By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer.

Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did stand for anti-Semitism namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhans very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin.

In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicers statement as unforgivable. I do not recall him saying that Ellisons collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was unforgivable. Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him.

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Few will be surprised that Nancy Pelosi is also exploiting the Holocaust for political purposes:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy.

Heres the main difference between Spicers statement and the Democrats response:

Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain.

Dershowitz concludes:

The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicers mistake dishonored the memory of the six million.

Unfortunately, I doubt there is any such thing as a bi-partisan issue these days. Not for the Democrats and not for a great many Republicans. Statements and positions are rarely judged based on their merit; instead they are judged based on which side said or took them.

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Alan Dershowitz on NKorea: Strike Could Endanger US Soldiers, Allies – Newsmax

Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV on Friday that the United States was “not free at this point to try to take a preemptive attack” on North Korea because it would endanger South Korea and the thousands of American troops stationed in the region. “North Korea is much more complicated, because it’s so close to South Korea and we have so many American soldiers in harm’s way in South Korea,” the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told “Newsmax Now” hosts John Bachman and Miranda Khan in an interview. “We’re not free at this point to try to take a preemptive attack on North Korea without risking our soldiers and risking South Korea. “The problem is once a country develops nuclear weapons, we have very little leverage,” he said. See John Bachman and Miranda Khan on Newsmax TV: Tune in beginning at 6PM EDT to “Newsmax Now” on FiOS 115/615, YouTube Livestream, Newsmax TV App from any smartphone, NewsmaxTV.com, Roku, Amazon Fire More Systems Here North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile near Pyongyang early Saturday, according to news reports, but it failed seconds after it was launched. Trump slammed the move as “bad” on Twitter, saying that Pyongyang “disrespected the wishes of China” with the test. “We must get to a situation where North Korea can’t use their nuclear weapons against our allies or against ourselves,” Dershowitz told Newsmax. “It’s a very, very difficult situation. “We, at least, have to offer the opportunity for talking before firing shots,” he later added. “We always have to offer that opportunity. “But we may come to a point where we have little choice and little option and that’s the choice we can’t afford to ever have when it comes to Iran.” Dershowitz has long slammed the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration. “So, once fooled, shame on them,” he said. “Twice fooled, shame on us.” 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Alan Dershowitz Tells Dems, GOP: Stop the Whining and Get to Work – Newsmax

The ongoing moaning by Democrats over Donald Trump’s presidential victory must stop and yet they’re doing exactly what Republicans did when Barack Obama won the White House, renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV. And that fact makes it essential that both sides grow up and address the nation’s and the world’s most pressing problems like adults. “The Democrats are being very negative and it’s time for them to accept the Trump presidency,” Dershowitz said Thursday to Newsmax TV’s JD Hayworth. “But let’s just go back eight years and remember how the Republicans treated the Obama presidency including Donald Trump who said it was an illegitimate presidency, he shouldn’t have been allowed to run. See J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV: Tune in beginning at 10 AM EDT to see “JD Hayworth on Newsmax TV” on FiOS 615, YouTube Livestream, Newsmax TV App from any smartphone, NewsmaxTV.com, Roku, Amazon Fire More Systems Here “So I think we’re seeing it on both sides and I think the time has come for grownups, for adults in the room to say enough is enough.” Dershowitz said the nation should tell lawmakers, “let’s get to policy, let’s get to trying to change the tax code in a way that helps all Americans’ healthcare, that helps all Americans. Let’s deal with North Korea, let’s deal with Syria and let’s stop this extremism.” “What I worry about is all over the world we’re seeing the left move further to the left and the right move further to the right,” Dershowitz, a retired Harvard law professor, told Hayworth. “We’re not having conversations like we’re having the two of us a centrist liberal Democrat and a centrist conservative Republican having rationale discourse about the future of America and the future of the world. That’s disappearing. “On college campuses, our future leaders, are not learning how to have conversations. They’re learning how to scream at each other. They’re learning how to demand safe spaces. They’re learning how to become the kind of leaders that are the last thing in the world we need.” Dershowitz is the author of “Abraham: The World’s First (But Certainly Not Last) Jewish Lawyer,” “The Case for Israel” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for Unaroused Voters.” 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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WATCH: Lisa Bloom slams Alan Dershowitz after he downplays the … – Raw Story

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer for several of Bill OReillys accusers, clashed with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday after he downplayed the impact of her clients coming forward to corroborate OReillys pattern of sexual misconduct. Dershowitz relayed his theory that what brought down the former Fox News hosts was not the women coming forward, but an (as yet unproven) video tape that proved OReillys harassment. OReilly could not survive the release of that tape, Dershowitz opined during CNNs Tonight with Don Lemon. Bloom jumped in to explain the tipping point was giving them the evidence and witness to corroborate the claims, adding the lawyers at my law firm and I, weve been working very hard on this. Theres no comparison between cumulative accusations and his voice on the tape, Dershowitz replied. But Bloom stood her ground. Have you heard the tape? Dershowitz pressed. Nobodys ever heard the tape. Im very familiar with all these facts, Bloom explained, noting shes read a transcript of a tape with OReilly. Still, Dershowitz insisted theres no comparison between reading a transcript and hearing the tape. Okay, but youre just spitballing here! Bloom shot back. Dershowitz later repeated that more women coming forward doesnt account for the networks decision. Theres something we dont know, he said. I suspect it was the tape. Another guest agreed with Dershowitz, pointing out perhaps it was the advertisers who finally got to the network. By that time, Bloom was ready to strike. Or maybe it was a concerted effort by a group of women who day after day after day were calling in complaints, who were going on TV despite the fear, who were putting the public pressure on, who were going to the advertisers, she replied. Maybe its the people who actually made this happen! Maybe thats what happened! These things didnt just happen. They were made to happen by my clients, and I want those women to get credit, she later added. Watch the fiery exchange below, via CNN:

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Rabbi Meir Soloveichik and Alan Dershowitz to Address ‘Anti-Zionism in the Academy’ – Jewish Link of New Jersey

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik Alan Dershowitz, a 1955 graduate of Yeshiva University High School, and Yeshiva Universitys Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik will discuss Anti-Zionism in the Academy: Israel and the Future of American Education on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lamport Auditorium at Yeshiva Universitys Wilf Campus in Washington Heights. The event, which is open to the public, is part of the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) Centennial Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, for which Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik serves as the director. The Centennial Lecture Series shines a light on YU High Schools proud history of providing the very best in Jewish education by exposing the wider YUHSB communityalumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, students and friendsto a small selection of our impressive alumni, said Rabbi Josh Kahn, YUHSB head of school. Space for this event is limited and advanced registration is recommended. To RSVP, please visit centennial.yuhsb.org/events. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Elissa Schertz at [emailprotected]

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April 21, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Alan Dershowitz: What North Korea should teach us about Iran – Fox News

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and is reprinted with permission. We failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. As a result, our options to stop them from developing a delivery system capable of reaching our shores are severely limited. The hard lesson from our failure to stop North Korea before they became a nuclear power is that we MUST stop Iran from ever developing or acquiring a nuclear arsenal. A nuclear Iran would be far more dangerous to American interest than a nuclear North Korea. Iran already has rockets capable of reaching numerous American allies. They are in the process of upgrading them and making them capable of delivering a nuclear payload to our shores. Its fundamentalist religious leaders would be willing to sacrifice millions of Iranians to destroy the big Satin (United States) or the little Satin (Israel). The late “moderate” leader Hashemi Rafsanjani once told an American journalist that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons, they would kill as many as five million Jews, and that if Israel retaliated, they would kill fifteen million Iranians, which would be a small sacrifice from among the billion Muslims in the world. He concluded that it is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality. Recall that the Iranian Mullahs were willing to sacrifice thousands of child-soldiers in their futile war with Iraq. There is nothing more dangerous than a suicide regime armed with nuclear weapons. The deal signed by Iran in 2015 postpones Irans quest for a nuclear arsenal, but it doesnt prevent it, despite Irans unequivocal statement in the preamble to the agreement that Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons. (Emphasis added). Recall that North Korea provided similar assurances to the Clinton Administration back in 1994, only to break them several years later with no real consequences. The Iranian Mullahs apparently regard their reaffirmation as merely hortatory and not legally binding. The body of the agreement itself the portion Iran believes is legally binding — does not preclude Iran from developing nuclear weapons after a certain time, variously estimated as between 10 to 15 years from the signing of the agreement. Nor does it prevent Iran from perfecting its delivery systems, including nuclear tipped inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. If we are not to make the same mistake with Iran that we made with North Korea, we must do something now before Iran secures a weapon to deter the Mullahs from becoming a nuclear power, over which we would have little or no leverage. Congress should now enact legislation declaring that Irans reaffirmation that it will never develop or acquire nuclear weapons is an integral part of the agreement and represents the policy of the United States. It is too late to change the words of the deal, but it is not too late for Congress to insist that Iran comply fully with all of its provisions, even those in the preamble. In order to ensure that the entirety of the agreement is carried out, including that reaffirmation, Congress should adopt the proposal made by Thomas L. Friedman on July 22, 2015 and by myself on 5 September 2013. To quote Friedman: Congress should pass a resolution authorizing this and future presidents to use force to prevent Iran from ever becoming a nuclear weapons state Iran must know now that the U.S. president is authorized to destroy without warning or negotiation any attempt by Tehran to build a bomb. I put it similarly: Congress should authorize the President to take military action against Irans nuclear weapons program if it were to cross the red lines. The benefits of enacting such legislation are clear: the law would underline the centrality to the deal of Irans reaffirmation never to acquire nuclear weapons, and would provide both a deterrent against Iran violating its reaffirmation and an enforcement authorization in the event it does. A law based on these two elements adopting Irans reaffirmation as the official American policy and authorizing a preventive military strike if Iran tried to obtain nuclear weapons may be an alternative we can live with. But without such an alternative, the deal is currently interpreted by Iran will not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In all probability, it would merely postpone that catastrophe for about a decade while legitimating its occurrence. This is not an outcome we can live with as evidenced by the crisis we are now confronting with North Korea. So let us learn from our mistake and not repeat it with Iran. Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus and author of Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law and Electile Dysfunction.

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April 20, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

WATCH: Lisa Bloom slams Alan Dershowitz after he downplays the impact of O’Reilly victims coming forward – Raw Story

Lisa Bloom, the lawyer for several of Bill OReillys accusers, clashed with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday after he downplayed the impact of her clients coming forward to corroborate OReillys pattern of sexual misconduct. Dershowitz relayed his theory that what brought down the former Fox News hosts was not the women coming forward, but an (as yet unproven) video tape that proved OReillys harassment. OReilly could not survive the release of that tape, Dershowitz opined during CNNs Tonight with Don Lemon. Bloom jumped in to explain the tipping point was giving them the evidence and witness to corroborate the claims, adding the lawyers at my law firm and I, weve been working very hard on this. Theres no comparison between cumulative accusations and his voice on the tape, Dershowitz replied. But Bloom stood her ground. Have you heard the tape? Dershowitz pressed. Nobodys ever heard the tape. Im very familiar with all these facts, Bloom explained, noting shes read a transcript of a tape with OReilly. Still, Dershowitz insisted theres no comparison between reading a transcript and hearing the tape. Okay, but youre just spitballing here! Bloom shot back. Dershowitz later repeated that more women coming forward doesnt account for the networks decision. Theres something we dont know, he said. I suspect it was the tape. Another guest agreed with Dershowitz, pointing out perhaps it was the advertisers who finally got to the network. By that time, Bloom was ready to strike. Or maybe it was a concerted effort by a group of women who day after day after day were calling in complaints, who were going on TV despite the fear, who were putting the public pressure on, who were going to the advertisers, she replied. Maybe its the people who actually made this happen! Maybe thats what happened! These things didnt just happen. They were made to happen by my clients, and I want those women to get credit, she later added. Watch the fiery exchange below, via CNN:

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April 20, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Donald Trump and Sean Spicer find unlikely ally in Dershowitz … – Boston Herald

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and accused the Democratic National Committee and the Anne Frank Center For Mutual Respect of exaggerating his Hitler gaffe in a bid to discredit President Trump. Spicer has been under fire since he compared Syrias use of chemical weapons to Adolf Hitler wrongly claiming Hitler never used poison gas. It was a serious mistake and it showed a kind of ignorance of history, but it was an honest mistake, Dershowitz said yesterday on Boston Herald Radios Morning Meeting program with co-hosts Jaclyn Cashman and Hillary Chabot. But Dershowitz said Spicers critics themselves exploited the Holocaust. He didnt do it out of any bad motive because hes a Holocaust-denier … and he immediately apologized, Dershowitz said of Spicers comment during a press conference Tuesday that, even Hitler didnt sink to the level of using chemical weapons. After his comments were widely condemned, Spicer admitted his mistake in a series of TV interviews, at one point saying he felt like he, let the president down. I made a mistake; theres no other way to say it, Spicer said Wednesday. I got into a topic that I shouldnt have and I screwed up. Though Spicers apologized and tried to clarify his remark, the Anne Frank Center admonished him on its official Twitter account. On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death, it wrote. Dershowitz said the Anne Frank Centers statement was egregious, especially considering Spicers apology. In fact, its rare to see an apology so full-throated and full-hearted as his apology and yet the DNC which has their own problems with anti-Semitism used his mistake as a political wedge to go after him and the Trump administration and in doing so, basically themselves exploited the Holocaust in the memory of the 6 million, Dershowitz said. So I think what the DNC did and what this phony organization that calls themselves the Anne Frank Center did, was much worse than what Spicer did because what they did was premeditated. It was designed clearly to gain partisan advantage from the Holocaust and thats just not acceptable.

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April 18, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Alan Dershowitz: Democrats, not Sean Spicer, are the ones exploiting the Holocaust for political gain – Washington Examiner

The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday. The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline “We will not stand for anti-Semitism.” Its content included the following: “Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president.” By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did “stand for anti-Semitism” namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhan’s very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin. In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicer’s statement as “unforgivable.” I do not recall him saying that Ellison’s collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was “unforgivable.” Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of “downplaying the horror of the Holocaust.” But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy. Steven Goldstein, a hard-left radical who heads a phony organization that calls itself “The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect,” accused Spicer of “engage[ing] in Holocaust denial.” He called Spicer’s mistake a “most evil slur” against the Jewish people. Goldstein claims to speak for the Jewish people, but he represents only himself and a few handfuls of radical followers who are not in any way representative of the mainstream Jewish community. He repeatedly exploits the Holocaust in order to gain publicity for him and his tiny group of followers. Shame on them! These over the top reactions to a historical mistake made by Spicer that was not motivated by anti-Semitism represents political exploitation of the Holocaust. Spicer was wrong in seeking to bolster his argument against Assad by referring to Hitler, and his political opponents are wrong in exploiting the tragedy of the Holocaust to score partisan points against him. The difference is that Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. All sides must stop using references to Hitler and the Holocaust in political dialogue. Historical analogies are by their nature generally flawed. Analogies to the Holocaust are always misguided, and often offensive, even if not so intended. On CNN the other night, Don Lemon asked me if I was “offended as a Jew” by what Spicer had said. The truth is that I was offended as someone who cares about historical accuracy by Spicer’s apparent lack of knowledge regarding the Nazi’s use of chemicals such as Zyklon B to murder Jews during the Holocaust. But it never occurred to me that Spicer’s misstatements were motivated by anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial, or an intent to “slur” the Jewish people. Nor do I believe that those who have accused him of such evil motivations actually believe it. They deliberately attributed an evil motive to him in order to pander to Jewish listeners. That offends me more than anything Spicer did. Extreme right-wing anti-Semitism continues to be a problem in many parts of Europe and among a relatively small group of “alt-right” Americans. But hard-left and Muslim extremist anti-Semitism is a far greater problem in America today, especially on university campuses. So those of us who hate all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry, regardless of its source, must fight this evil on a non-partisan basis. Republicans must be especially vigilant in condemning anti-Semitism from the Right, as must Democrats from the Left. It’s far too easy to call out the bigotry of your opponents. It’s more difficult and more important to call it out among your political friends. We must also get our priorities straight, focusing on the greatest dangers regardless of whether they come from the Right or the Left, from Republicans or Democrats. The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicer’s mistake dishonored the memory of the six million. Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” and “Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for the Unaroused Voter.” A shorter version of this article was previously published by the Gatestone Institute. 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April 16, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed

Alan Dershowitz turns the tables on Sean Spicer’s critics – Power Line (blog)

Last night, I wrote about the over-the-top criticism of Sean Spicers misstatement about Hitler and the use of chemical weapons. Spicer shouldnt have compared Hitler favorably to Assad on this score, but to suggest that his comment shows latent anti-Semitism, or makes him a Holocaust denier, is slanderous. Alan Dershowitz agrees. Indeed, he takes the analysis further, finding that those trying to make political hay out of Spicers misstatement are the ones showing insufficient sensitivity to the Holocaust. Dershowitz writes: The politicization of the Holocaust dishonors the memory of the six million. Sean Spicer made a serious mistake when he compared Bashar Assad to Hitler, and to make matters worse, he got his facts wrong. He quickly and fully apologized. There was no hint of anti-Semitism in his historical mistake and his apology should have ended the matter. But his political enemies decided to exploit his mistake by pandering to Jews. In doing so, it is they who are exploiting the memory of the six million during the Passover Holiday. Foremost among the exploiters is the Democratic National Committee: The Democratic National Committee issued a rebuke with the headline We will not stand for anti-Semitism. Its content included the following: Denying the atrocities committed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime is a tried and true tactic used by Neo-Nazis and white supremacists groups that have become emboldened since Donald Trump first announced his campaign for president. By placing Hitler and Trump in the same sentence, the DNC committed a mistake similar to that for which they justly criticized Spicer. Moreover, the DNC itself, is co-chaired by a man who for many years did stand for anti-Semitism namely Keith Ellison, who stood by the notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, while denying that he was aware of Farrakhans very public Jew-hatred. It is the epitome of Chutzpah for the DNC to falsely accuse Spicer of standing by anti-Semitism while it is they who are co-chaired by a man who committed that sin. In another display of Chutzpah, Jeremy Ben Ami of J Street, an organization that supports Keith Ellison, characterized Spicers statement as unforgivable. I do not recall him saying that Ellisons collaboration with a notorious anti-Semite was unforgivable. Indeed, Ben Ami quickly forgave him and continues to support him. (Emphasis added) Few will be surprised that Nancy Pelosi is also exploiting the Holocaust for political purposes: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi falsely accused Spicer of downplaying the horror of the Holocaust. But by leveling that false accusation, Pelosi herself is exploiting the tragedy. Heres the main difference between Spicers statement and the Democrats response: Spicer gaffe was not in any way premeditated, whereas the exploitation by his enemies was carefully calculated for political gain. Dershowitz concludes: The fight against bigotry is a bi-partisan issue and must not be exploited for political gain. The partisan over-reaction to Spicers mistake dishonored the memory of the six million. Unfortunately, I doubt there is any such thing as a bi-partisan issue these days. Not for the Democrats and not for a great many Republicans. Statements and positions are rarely judged based on their merit; instead they are judged based on which side said or took them. Via Hot Air.

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April 15, 2017   Posted in: Alan Dershowitz  Comments Closed


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