Exclusive: Dershowitz Blames “Rogue” Democrats for DNC Jerusalem Debacle, Calls on President Obama to do More

September 6, 2012 3:19 pm 26 comments

President Obama en route to Palm Beach International Airport in Palm Beach, Fla., July 20, 2012. Photo: White House.

As President Obama prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for his second term in the White House on Thursday night in North Carolina, one of the United States’ most vocal supporters of Israel is calling on Obama to reaffirm his party’s entire platform language on Israel from 2008, and vowed to fight “rogue elements” within the Democratic party who seek to end the positive relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

After failing to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city in their initial 2012 platform, which prompted a sharp rebuke from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the Democrats reinstated language on the issue from their 2008 and 2004 versions, however Dershowitz told The Algemeiner that his party did not go far enough.  Isolating Hamas until it renounces terrorism, solving the Palestinian refugee crisis through a Palestinian state alone, and affirming that a two-state solution could not realistically force Israel back to its borders of 1949 should be publicly endorsed by President Obama within the coming weeks, after statements on these issues were also left out of the Democratic platform this year.

“I am not satisfied…..and I communicated this to the White House, I would like to see the president make statements over the course of the coming weeks which re-affirm what was said in the 2008 platform, not only with regards to Jerusalem, but in regard to the borders, the refugees and with regard to Hamas,” Dershowitz said.  “I am hoping that the president will make such statements, because I know those are his beliefs because I have spoken to him and to those in the White House.”

Speaking of “rogue elements” within the Democratic party, which he said range from Arab-Americans to anti-Israeli American Jews, Dershowitz said it was their goal to end the alliance between the United States and Israel, and that the 2008 language regarding Jerusalem, Hamas, Palestinian refugees, and Israel’s borders were all left out of the initial 2012 platform due to their efforts.

“I think these rogue elements had a hand in changing the 2012 platform from the 2008 one.  Whatever the arguments and justifications are, there is no doubt in my mind that there are these rogue elements within the Democratic party, and they are trying to exercise influence,” he told The Algemeiner.  “If they had their way, (they) would end the kind of positive relationship between Israel and the United States.”

Dershowitz said that delegates “tend to reflect the extremes of the party”, which he says are a minority on the left, however he does not believe there was the two-thirds vote necessary to amend the Democrat’s platform language on Israel, which passed when convention chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa passed the measure after three separate votes.

“I do not believe that two thirds of the delegates voted to change the platform. I think that there was a statement made by the chairman, but I don’t think he was right about that,” Dershowtz said to The Algemeiner.  “From the voices that I heard, it sounded like it was split down the middle, with maybe a slight majority in favor of changing the platform.”

After stating that he believes the president had not seen the platform before it was released, as senior White House advisor David Axelrod asserted on CBS News, the Harvard Law professor stated he was happy that Wednesday night’s events took place the way they did, because it brought what he believes to be a festering problem within the Democratic party, to the surface.

“I was frankly very happy to see that vote yesterday and to see the verbal screaming that went on, because I think it alerted everybody to the fact that this group within the Democratic Party poses a tremendous danger to the bipartisan support for Israel that has characterized American politics since 1948,” he said.

“We caught them and the President rebuked them basically.”

26 Comments

  • Those rogue elements in the Democrat party sound as if they comprise at least 50% now.

    In 4 years, the will probably be over 60%. What will Prof. Dershowitz do or say then ?

  • Dershowtiz is a rogue Jew who wants to ethnically cleanse Jews out of their ancient homeland, via 2-state [dis]solution; he lies about the history and jurisprudence of the land of the Jews that places the “west Bank” in the hand of the Jews.
    The so called “professor” Dershowtiz is also a willfully blind Obamafool; so much so he is a tool of the Left and does not even know it or refuses to know it. He does not even realize that even Obama lies to him, directly to his face, as Obama is an expert at the taqiyya, the Moslems’ manipulative behavior manner and he plays Dershowitz for a fool as per Dershowitz’ own statement here from the article below:
    “Dershowitz said. “I am hoping that the president will make such statements (regarding Hamas being a terrorist group and “refugees” having to settle outside of Israel), because I know those are his beliefs because I have spoken to him and to those in the White House.”
    Talk about being a dupe, Obama’s dupe, the Left’s dupe, all the way.

  • What kool-aid are most of you drinking? There are “Rogue” elements in the GOP, can you say “Libertarians” or Ron Paul, well known to be featured on Nazi party/white power media? The biggest threat to Israel is the Tea Party wing of the GOP; anti foreign aid, isolationist,and very keen on xenophobia. The person trying to catch that insurgent power in the House is none other than Eric Kantor, who stupidly proposed that aid to Israel be separated from all other aid votes. Oh yeah the Born Again apocalyptic GOP members would support that, but who wants support from someone who wants to see all the exiles ingathered so the Rapture can come, a la Jim Watt, former cabinet member for GHW Bush?

    You guys are ignorant if you think the GOP who is anti Semitic on the far right is any better for Israel than the Dems who are leaders of the BDS movement on the left.

    Nobody is for Israel except Zionists. To everybody else it’s a cold and cynical political calculation who they play with on the nonstrategic chess board.

    • It is obvious to see what Kool aid you are drinking. Obama knew very well tht G-d and Jerusalem was to be omitted. He was testing the waters to see how much he could get away with. It was put back in when there was an outcry. If the truth beknown to the kool aiders it really did not matter one way or another, they were going to votge for Obama no matter what he said or did. He could have institued Sharia law and still got some people’s voted.

  • I SUGGEST WE BE VIGILANT REGARDING BOTH THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN PLATFORMS . BOTH PARTIES ARE SEEKING THE JEWISH VOTE AND WILL SAY AND DO ANYTHING TO GET IT. DO NOT TRUST ANYONE. BY WHAT THEY SAY RATHER BY WHAT THEY REALLY DO. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG EDISON NJ.

    • My question to Rabbi Rosenberg is as follows: The Democratic party has traditionally garnished the support of the liberally-minded Jewish establishment.
      However, from a Torah perspective their platform has shifted away from a Torah-based morality.
      What I see is not “tolerance” but “promotion” of values that are antithetical to a normative lifestyle.
      America under the current Administration has also left a vacuum of global leadership which has spawned the growth and brazenness of rogue states and their terrorist proxy`s who now threaten us all.
      At what point do Jewish religious leaders step to the plate and confront this?

    • Both sides are home to antisemitism. There are one thousand on the left and ten thousand on the right.

  • Dershowitz is full of it….any Jew who votes for Obama is irresponsible and has that complex….we’re the good Jews, they won’t come for us….to protect our grandchildren we must vote against Obama….Romney is far from perfect and Ryan is too conservative but the safety of my grandchildren demands I won’t have that “it can’t happen here” attitude…rogue elemants be damned.

  • When God is taken from ANY PARTY, that Party cannot be believed on any level. God is the center of this Nation and America IS NOT A SECULAR NATION. We are a Judeo-Christian Nation and Progressive Democrats with their secular, non-God beliefs are trying to foist their alien beliefs off on America.

  • . THE RABBINATE NEEDS TO SPEAK WITH ONE UNDIVIDED VOICE FOR OF ISRAEL. BOTH PARTIES ARE SEEKING THE JEWISH VOTE . RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • At the Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s words about Israel’s security were characteristically and significantly balanced and qualified by an adjacent reference to the search for peace. President Obama is crafty. He is expert at taking away with the left hand that which he has just given with the right hand. This is a classic example of the practice of dissimulation, in which the speaker (President Obama) purposely says something in a way that he knows will probably be differently understood (or misunderstood) by various constituencies. In this speech has the president committed himself to Israel’s security — “period” full stop? Or only to Israel’s security provided that Israel does what Obama requires in the context of a search for peace, on terms defined by Obama and the increasingly anti-Israel Democratic Party? If Alan Dershowitz misses this key point, he might still be a great law professor, but perhaps doesn’t know too much about foreign policy and international relations. There, our opinions cannot count for much unless we have the critical ability to carefully read the speech of a national leader.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    The problem with many intelligent liberals is that they cannot reconcile their Utopian view of the world with the real world. It is a shame.

  • I am disappointed in Dershowitz`s lack of clarity on this matter.Academic honesty requires evidence-based thinking. In fact the evidence has been quite consistent in term`s of Mr.O` fundamental bias.
    But its quite un-professorial to make the paradigm shift that the respondents` request.
    One should salute anyone who survives the liberal brainwashing of any academic institution; whether in the U.S or Israel.
    One remedy I would suggest is immersion in a mikvah.
    One literally has to purify the soul from the “Tumah” of the “liberal-progressive” thought processes that contaminate so many Jewish souls.

  • I don’t care what he thinks of the “rogue elements” of the Democratic party. if he wants to, he should just vote Republican. At least the Democrats aren’t brainlessly supporting Israel because Left Behind novels told them to. I think saying that Jeruselam belongs to Israel is stupid anyway, becaise its an inadvertant support of a one state solution. its not smart to do, because its very volatile politically. The Israellis and Palestinians start wars over things like this, because they get in shoving matches until war breaks out. I like Israelis and Palestinians too much to aid and abed them in escalating their conflicts.

  • bs”d

    I don’t for a second believe Obama wants G-d in the DNC platform or Jerusalem to be the capitol of Israel. He is the leader of the “Rogue Democrats”. He wants to be reelected and will say or do anything that will achieve this purpose. I’d rather Obama be honest so that Dershowitz will then have to come to terms with the fact that his party led by Obama is turning their back on Israel.

  • For a smart man, the Professor sure is blind to reality. Osama is so against Israel and Jews in his actions, his words are meaningless. What country did Osama go to visit first, Egypt. How many times has he been to Israel? How many muslim brotherhood members have visited the white house in the last 4 years? Why are Israel plans to attack Iran publisized? Today the state department again would not say Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. What other country on earth does the US or anyone else tell the said country what their capital is. Do we see a trend her. Come on Professor, you are on the wrong horse. You are going the wrong way. Making excuses for Osama is very sad when his actions show he hates Israel and Jews. Remember, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” Read this weeks Haftorah…WE WIN!

  • Training to be a lawyer, Dershowitz excelled at the mushy-headed, irrational science the subject of Law has long been. Before another Yom Kippur passes by, Dershwitz must decide whether he wants to practice Socialism or Judaism. He can worship Power and Prestige, or he can worship Hashem because the middle-ground has ceased to be. Under Barack Hussein Obama, the middle ground has ceased to be, The world is watching.

  • Obama spent 20 years listening to Rev Wright spout his anti-semitic venom. The prisident and other far left types in the Democratic party are, like most on the far left are anti-semites, though they usually resort to anti-Zionism to seem otherwise.

  • Hey Alan, denial ain’t just a river in egypt and you are swimming in it.

  • Dershowitz is a dupe who refuses to see the antisemitism that Obama has been comfortable with his entire life: his mentor Frank Marshall Davis who supported the Hitler-Stalin pact; Rev Wright who spit out antisemetic sermons for 20 years while Obama and his wife applauded; and his good friend Rashid Khalidi who Obama toasted and who supports the PLO Charter which calls for the murder of 6 milllion Jews…and that ridiculous Cairo speech which ignored the 98% of the Koran which is totally antisemetic…Dupe is the perfect word for Dershowitz!

  • We need to stop seeing Dershowitz as a “defender” of Israel, when in actuality he’s a congenital liberal and a dupe who proudly carries water for the most hostile anti-Israel administration in Israel’s history.

    • I have often written about Mr. D’s leftist politics being incompatible with love of Israel. However, I have no doubt of his love for Eretz Yisrael. Be patient Dan. Perhaps he’ll wake up. Although I have many friends who will happily vote for Mr Obama. We can only feel sorry for them. And of course hope to make him a one termer. Remember to vote.

  • Some of us believe something not quite defined, but momentous, will happen toward the end of 2012. If it is triggered by the US turning its back on Israel and Gd you can be certain this will be the end of the US Empire.

    • I agree. No matter what happens
      I believe Israel will be the safest place
      in the world. Something very big’s coming.

    • Jennifer Lambert

      “I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you…” — Genesis 12:3

  • L. Wm. Roberts

    Dear, Dear, Professor, you are starting to sound very much like the Mayor of 1938 Warsaw when he excused the night of broken glass as “certainly the actions of a lesser-part of the German People”… never again?

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