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November 3, 2014 9:41 pm

Why is the Obama Administration Provoking Israel?

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama.

A senior Obama administration official recently went on the record with journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in calling Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” A second senior official also went on the record calling Netanyahu a “coward” on the issue of Iran’s nuclear threat.

If these reports are accurate, the following question must be asked: did the Obama administration—indeed perhaps President Obama himself—authorize two senior officials to issue these highly provocative and challenging statements? The White House has now tried to distance itself from the views expressed by these individuals, but it seems unlikely that two senior administration officials would go on the record using such explosive words without White House approval.

The author of the report, Jeffrey Goldberg, tells us that this is the way American and Israeli officials now talk about each other “behind closed doors.” But these statements were not made behind closed doors. They were made to a prominent journalist, with the intention of having them published and read not only by American and Israeli officials, but also by Iranian officials.

That question becomes particularly important in light of another quotation attributed to one of the senior officials:

“It’s too late for him to do anything [regarding a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities].  Two three years ago, this was a possibility. But ultimately he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger. It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.”

That official added:

“The feeling now is that Bibi’s bluffing…he’s not Begin at Osirak.”

This disclosure of such classified administration assessments—whether true or false—will certainly be welcomed in Tehran. It strengthens the Iranian bargaining position, and weakens the power of the United States to demand more of Iran in the ongoing nuclear negotiations, and to demand more of our allies in the event these negotiations break down and additional sanctions are needed.

Goldberg acknowledges that “the Obama administration used the threat of an Israeli strike in a calculated way to convince its allies (and some of its adversaries) to line up behind what turned out to be an effective sanctions regime.” By now revealing its belief that there is no longer a real threat of an Israeli strike—again whether their assessment is correct or incorrect—these senior officials have done considerable damage to security of the United States and to the possibility of striking an effective deal with Iran.

The bottom line result of these disclosures by two senior Obama officials is to make it more likely that Iran will develop nuclear weapons.  Revealing intelligence assessments that suggests that Netanyahu is bluffing can only encourage the Iranians to move forward more quickly with their nuclear weapons program. It also encourages them to believe that the United States will no longer be able to use the threat of an Israeli military strike to shore up support among reluctant allies to increase or even maintain sanctions. Why then were these officials sent out to talk to Jeffrey Goldberg? By whom were they sent? And why now?

If they were not authorized to make these statements and took it upon themselves to do so, they should be fired. That is the only way to send a powerful message to foe and friends alike that the views they expressed do not represent those of the President. If they are not fired, then Congress should ask why two senior Obama administration officials have endangered American national security by increasing the likelihood that Iran will develop nuclear weapons. President Obama has himself acknowledged that a nuclear armed Iran would be a “game changer” that would directly endanger our national security.

Congress has an obligation to get to the bottom of this foreign policy mess. It need not subpoena the journalist, who will surely invoke reportorial privilege. But it can subpoena the handful of senior Obama administration officials who might have made these disclosures. Once Congress establishes who the two senior officials are, they can be asked whether the disclosures were authorized, and if so, by whom? The president may well invoke executive privilege, but Congress’ need to know who is undercutting American foreign policy and why, should trump any claim of privilege. No administration should have the right to leak damaging information to America’s enemies and then hide behind privilege to prevent Congress from learning the source of the leaks and the reasoning, if any, behind the decision to disclose such damaging information.

Beyond the damage done with regard to Iran, is the damage done to United States-Israel relations by the insulting and demeaning words used by senior Obama administration officials to describe the Prime Minister of a close ally. Benjamin Netanyahu fought bravely for his country in one of Israel’s most elite and dangerous military units. He has rescued hostages, defended his country against terrorists and lost a brother at Entebbe. To call him a “chickenshit” or a “coward” is beneath contempt. Having seen the heavy cost of warfare, he has always been cautious and prudent about committing Israeli troops to battle. For this he should be praised rather than condemned.

Netanyahu may soon have to make an existential decision about whether to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons that might be used against Israeli citizens or to authorize a dangerous military attack designed to destroy and delay Iran’s capacity to develop such weapons of mass destruction.  This decision would be difficult for any leader, and it is even more difficult for a leader of a tiny country surrounded by enemies and isolated by much of the international community. To trivialize and reduce this decision to name-calling words like “chickenshit” and “coward” demonstrates extraordinary bad judgment on the part of those who used the words and those who may have authorized their use.

There are legitimate and important differences between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations over issues such as building in Jerusalem and the stalled peace negotiations. Each side has criticized the others position on their merits and demerits. But scatological name-calling on the record has no place in an alliance between friends. Those responsible for these provocative and dangerous ad hominems and for the unwarranted disclosure of classified intelligence assessments must be held accountable by the American public and by all those who care about peace in the Middle East.

Alan Dershowitz’s latest e-book is Terror Tunnels:  The Case For Israel’s Just War Against Hamas (Rosetta Books 2014, available early November in hard cover). Originally published in the Boston Globe.

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  • asherpat

    The headline of this article is “Why is the Obama Administration Provoking Israel?”

    There is no answer to this question in the article.

    Alan Dersowitz is a highly intelligent man, yet he still can’t bring himself to answer this question. Although I can’t prove anything, the most likely answer to this question is that Obama has a hidden agenda as a traitor, against US as a country, against free-market ideology and against Israel. Despite the fact that many in the US think like him (eg many in the Democratic Party), it is still not acceptable to say that out-loud. This is why Obama and his administration have to operate under uncertainty of their motives, like all traitors.

    Alan Dersowitz should consider an article that will truly answer the question that this article asks.

  • A local rabbit

    It was clear from the beginning that Obama had a dislike for Jews. He surrounded himself with just the right Jews, much as FD Roosevelt did during the days of the Jewish refugee problem in the 30’s.

    Obama’s attempts at international diplomacy have been utter failures. Obama needs to pass the blame…guess to whom.

    • He”ll blame Bush.

  • steve kramer

    Dershowitz’ comments are akin to the constable’s exclamation in Casablanca, “Gambling? Here?”

    Dershowitz is one of the most prominent “Obama Court Jews”, a progressive ideologue genuflecting before The Anointed One, POTUS.

    It was Dershowitz who travelled to Israel during the 2012 campaign and smeared Romney with outrageous attacks on his character in order to get US Israeli citizens to vote for Obama.

    Obama’s true anti-Israel bent was plain for all to see except the toadies like Dershowitz. It has taken Dershowitz 6 years to half-wake up and even now he can’t bring himself to confront the facts: that Obama detests Israel and always has. Instead Dershowitz dances around the obvious: That Obama authorized the comments, encouraged the comments, agrees completely with the comments.

    It is obvious that this was done with Obama’s approval yet Dershowitz can’t bring himself to make that assertion outright.

    Does anyone seriously think that a senior official would make such outrageous comments without knowing for sure that Obama would bless them?

    Dershowitz stood idly by for six years like the Obama sycophant he and his fellow Court Jew progressives are (I am Jewish by the way).

    Shame on Dershowitz for being an Obama toady for six years.

    It will now be up to Netanyahu. Will he be a Begin or a dithering Eshkol. Netanyahu has no Dayan to push him into a pre-emptive attack like Eshkol had in 1967 but he does have the weight of Israel’s existence on his shoulders and his brother and father looking down on him. Better to strike Iran now and worry about the fall-out later.

    • Stanley Pine

      Very well said.
      The only thing Mr. Dershowitz can’t be accused of – in regard to sucking up to Mr. Obama – is hugging him like Chris Christie did during the Hurricane Sandy visit.
      Dershowitz is very bright & very nauseating.

  • David Goshen

    President Obama will be first to face the upheaval in the Middle East when Iran gets the nuclear facility to produce the bomb.Those who will be first threatened will be Saudia Araba and all USA allies in the ME.Iran continues every day to threaten the distruction of Israel which is heard loudly & clear every day by Obama .Israel will be included in the threats which as it will be a question of survival there will be no option to Israel -either distroy the Iranian facilities or be wiped off the map!

  • Irving D. Cohen

    I have read all of the opinions stated above,and I have come to the conclusion that none of the writers really knows the reason for the offensive anti-Bibi remarks, nor whether they were authorized by President Obama or any of his high-ranking subordinates. All of the authors, including the rightfully respected Prof. Dershowitz, have set forth their preconceived ideas for the ugly comments that have been attributed by Goldberg to “high-ranking officials”. They are all guessing at the reason(s) for the statements, without any knowledge at all as to whether the statements were really made, and much less by whom. Every administration has nay-sayers in it who feel justified in voicing an opinion, even if it is ridiculous. The media has made a tremendous fuss over the supposedly accurate “news”; they have had a field-day with it.

  • One last comment if I can publish it (it´s not mine).
    “What Peter says about John, talks more abaut Peter than about John”.

  • Cynthia Morris


    We know you support Israel. But we also know that you have continuously supported Obama and his administration since he first ran for president in 2008.

    Are you so vain and so small, that you cannot now admit that you were wrong?

    A mea culpa on your part would go a long way toward righting the wrong in the White House and perhaps lead out of the wilderness, many of the other Jewish ‘liberals’ who elected him.

  • All those who dare to open thir mouths to give an opinion on this regard should know that nobody in any democratic country has the absolute power to startng a war without consensus. Having said that, I believe that President Obama is favouring Iran while he is debasing Israel´s authorities.

  • Peter Castle

    Obama and his administration have ALWAYS been hostile toward Israel.

    See “Obama’s Muslim Roots and Sympathies” at

  • DonnG

    I highly regard Mr. Dershowitz and his assessment. The question is however,how much of the truth do we really now?BY this I mean, based upon Wikileaks it is apparent that what is “Really going on” is hidden many levels below the surface. All the name calling and games reported in the headlines are miles from what is being said by people who count. A chess master knows how to distract his opponent from his true intention. In all likelihood what we are seeing is street level illusion. The real action is happening 10 floors down.

  • Michael Mulcahy

    Mr. Dershowitz, I will bet you dollars to donuts (OK, bagels!)that the official who trash-talked Bibi did not even SERVE in the US military, let alone see combat.

  • Alison Weston

    This may be a naive comment but for the life of me I don’t understand why Israel needs approval from Obama on any action Israel needs to take to protect her people. Give me Netanyahu over that slippery dick Obama any day.

  • Shlomo

    In an antagonistic world – the best way to gain respect is to stand up for what you know to be right. Case in point was the 6 Day War. Israel had no choice but to preemptively attack the Arabs even though she knew the world would be outraged. The result: besides a few jealous grumblings – Israel enjoyed overwhelming support and respect for her action.
    Bibi is going about his Job in the opposite way. He shamefully bowed to BHO’s pressure by announcing he agreed to the fake “2 State Solution”- even though he knew it was a lethal Trojan Horse. He agreed to shameful construction freezes even though building was the solution and not the problem. He fell all over himself running to BHO and the UN pathetically trying to excuse and justify and lobby an uncaring and antagonistic world – as if he was trying to gain their “love” and sympathy. So of course, our PM was answered at every juncture with the worlds impatience and disgust. Bibi – we do not need the worlds’ love – we only need their respect – and respect comes when you stand up for – and assert our rights proudly. Bibi – you continue to fail by repeating this mistake over and over again. The consequence of your flawed approach, of course, is being termed a C”S. Which, in fact, is quite an accurate term for a leader who does not genuinely stand up to her adversaries forthrightly and consistently. It makes little difference that the worlds’ biggest and most vile ‘C”S Leader’ presently occupies the White House. In this case, it truly takes one to know one. Bibi – no one will accuse you of being a C”S – if you stop acting like a C”S.

    • shloime

      the name-calling has nothing to do with netanyahu or anything he did or didn’t do. a week before the midterm elections, the white house was NOT entering into a public spat just for the fun of it.

      appearing to stand up to the “jooz” won the democrats a few votes among the “firster” anti-semites. in american slang, it’s called selling us down the river, which seems strangely ironic in obama’s case.

  • Anatoly Tsaliovich

    “There are legitimate and important differences between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations … ”

    In a way, those differences reflect the upbringing and experience of the two leaders: at the same age, while Barry smoked “stuff” Bibi fought terrorist in a prestigious military detachment.
    If interested in the details, take a look at

  • Bernard Ross

    the price of voting for democrats

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Don’t ever forget that Dershowitz has said he “would defend Hitler because everyone deserves a defense,:

    This man is not a Jewish leader nor do we have any strong Jewish leaders, but he is not.

    If Jews consider him and Rabbi Boteach as our leaders God help us because we are in deep troubles.

    Obama also knows that American Jews are weak and helpless despite their enormous wealth and little power.

    Hitler knew that also.


      You’re either stereo typically delusional or memetically mendacious or likely characteristically both.

      • shloime


  • James Adler

    The problem here is that a journalist is willing to be a mouthpiece for trash talkers who are too cowardly to be quoted by name. It’s one thing to “protect” sources who are providing newsworthy information so that they don’t suffer reprisal. It’s another to give people a free pass to say things they otherwise would not which serve no purpose but to malign.

    • shloime

      this isn’t about journalism. the story was GIVEN to goldberg, by officials, apparently acting with the approval of their superiors. this not only reflects badly on the lack of sophistication of the administration, but as dershowitz points out, also harms the national interest.

      it’s about barack hussein obama’s (mis)handling of foreign policy, and about (dirty) politics and cashing in on anti-semitic votes.

  • Bill Narvey

    Good points all. Little to nothing further and deeper will however, happen unless Congress, the media or both and far better both, treat this ugly incident like a dog with a bone.

    That means reacting and responding to the situation as the gravity of the situation demands. That entails ceaselessly pressing to identify those responsible for these egregious statements including those in the WH who authorized, actively permitted, encouraged or otherwise enabled these statements to be made to be held fully accountable.

    Dershowitz calls on Congress to take up that cause. They haven’t. Neither has the main stream media which only gave this story scant attention for perhaps 2 days at most, leaving the WH virtually unfazed and unscathed.

    Granted the U.S. is in the midst of a mid term election which could see the Republicans take over the majority in the Senate and that is demanding most of the attention and talking head guessing as to what the outcome will be and what that will portend for the Obama presidency in the balance of his term.

    That said, this story of WH officials deliberately and publically seeking to undermine Israel and her PM Netanyahu is no trifling matter.

    Pursuant to their oath of office, it is Congress’ duty to the people to pursue action to get to the bottom of these leaks. It is their duty to ensure that those who anonymously spoke these insulting words that not only harmed the U.S. ally and friend Israel and her PM, but the U.S. as well and all those who authorized or enabled these top WH officials to so speak, are all held accountable.

    The main stream media that has always stood and fought for the principle of the people’s right to know, also have a fiduciary duty to the people. That duty is to inform them which they cannot do in this case, unless they press for the WH to fully disclose all facts germane to this incident and from there, call for all those who had a voice or a hand in this incident, no matter how high up this responsibility goes, to be held accountable.

    The American people too should be called on to demand answers and accountability from this WH. That won’t happen unless Americans are informed enough to realize the gravity of this WH leak and the need to hold all those responsible as aforesaid.

    Because neither Congress nor the media appear to have ongoing interest and concern in this regard, this leak will fade from memory, notwithstanding the damage done by it to Israel and the U.S. will continue to have serious direct, indirect and implicit adverse ramifications in future.

  • Betty Kaplan

    November 4, 2014

    As a child of Holocaust survivors who has been told stories of anti-Semitism since I was a young child, I have been watching Obama since before his first election.

    I did not vote for him, because I saw anti-Semitism in him, and it frightened me. At our shul, my husband and I witnessed first hand that many of our friends voted for Obama twice.

    Take a look now what his administration has done to the American-Israeli relationship. Now, Europeans who are delighting in new found expressions of anti-Semitism can feel justified that even Israel’s best friend has turned his back on her.

    This is a very serious situation. When I discuss with my friends of ours, I realize that they don’t feel threatened by this administration’s overt disdain for Netanyahu and Israel. They feel secure in the United States.

    My brother says, “This is G-d’s way of calling his children back to Israel.” When my husband and I retire, we will be going back for sure.

    The trajectory of current events in this country is not going well for us, and many people are blind to this.

    • Sonia Willats

      I agree with most of the comments here, and with you. It is very, very serious.

    • You”re right.All they need to doo is read the Bible.

  • Arthur Fliegenheimer

    By cutting off military supplies to Israel last month in the middle of a war,our putz in chief has made it likely that Israel may resort to nukes to take down the Iranian military not just their nuclear facilities.

  • Emanuel

    Hit the nail on the head A. D. The key difference between the coward in the WH and Bibi is Obola is afraid of his own shadow, Qatar, his own brother, American Jews, black people… just about everything. Fear really is the differentiating factor in my opinion the WH has been afraid to keep troops in Iraq, confront IS, confront Iran, confront N. Korea, basically “chickenshit” was projecting their own feeling of gross inadequacy America should be so lucky to have a leader like Bibi.

  • joapa

    A brilliant and unassailable analysis as always which only reinforces and for umpteenth time proves that the author did understand perfectly well what he was doing when in the face of all the predictions he kept making a case for and calling upon American Jews to vote for this despicable person to become the holder of the office.
    Having said that, I must admit that I admire the fact that today Mr Dershowitz is doing a brilliant and indescribably valuable work by producing these frequent, responding to the immediacy of the day response pieces of analysis that is impossible to disprove because they are correct and because of the “evidentiary” strength of his argumentation.

  • Grantman

    “Those responsible for these provocative and dangerous ad hominems and for the unwarranted disclosure of classified intelligence assessments must be held accountable by the American public and by all those who care about peace in the Middle East.”

    It will never happen.

    As much as I like and admire Professor Dershowitz, he and his ilk – liberal Jews – are partially to blame for Obama being president in the first place, certainly getting reelected. So much of Obama’s policies, likes, and preferences were known back in ’07 and ’08 – most definitely in ’12 – but they voted for him nonetheless. It’s a shondeh that the US and Israel are at this juncture.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    It is always difficult to provide a precise assessment of what is deemed a failure in foreign policy. President Obama clearly had insufficient experience as a politician to become president of the United States. if he had been white, without black ancestors, he would not have been elected president. While he may have been the editor of the law review at Harvard, he never wrote an article. He wrote no articles as a Professor. He attended a church whose minister was an anti-Semite and he associated with individuals who hated America. His policies do not support Israel, notwithstanding his public statements. His assessment of Islamists’ threat is naïve at best and stuck in stupid at its worst. He is not a person of weight. We are in dip “do-do” with this president.

  • Rick Brandt

    Standing before Yahshua Messiah, How is it you did not believe I am he who saves and judges all and I am the only beggoten son of Yahway with Yod Hay Vav Shin Ayon in the fathers name I came in to glorify. Why did you not at least give this good news to your children and they will not be able to speak who did not believe the scriptures about Yahshua Messiah. He warned in his word that he would say depart from me I never knew you, ye workers of iniquity. The fear of Yah is the beginning of wisdom.

    • judorebbe

      Thanks, we really needed your misguided babbling.

  • Now hats off to Alan Dershowitz! Exactly because I have previously been quite critical of Dershowitz’s earlier habit of covering up (or excusing) President Obama’s animus against Israel, I am now all the more grateful for this masterful analysis of the egregious damage that the Obama administration is now doing to both Israel and USA foreign policy.

  • Bill

    Maybe this is a new foreign policy technique. Foreign policy by belittling and name calling. If it wasn’t so dangerous it would chickenshit.

  • Ate Dege

    I got to know Alan Dershowitz thru his book “The case for Israel”: a brilliantly argued book that I liked very much.
    This article is in the same vein and I congratulate the author for his stance and his intellectual honesty, especially in a time of merciless Israel-bashing by the usual hypocrites.

  • Efram

    I am absolutely certain that Obama caused these statements to be made. Why? Because he hates Israel, hates Israel the way all the other terrorist sympathizers from politically-coerced censorship scum to the terrorists themselves do. He is revealed to be a terrorist supporter, and is even using ISIS as an excuse to leave Iran alone to develop its nuclear weapons. Why? Because Obama feels a solidarity with jihad radical Islam, and pushes its agenda to the cost of US security, and, of course, against his enemy Israel.

  • Michael in Pennsylvania

    Mr. Dershowitz:

    As always, your opinions are well argued and most interesting.

    However, with all respect, to assume that the Administration’s appellation of Prime Minister Netanyahu as a “coward” and “chickenshit” emanates from “extraordinary bad judgment” bespeaks of a disconcerting level of naïveté and blinkered thinking.

    Perhaps you should entertain the possibility that the current American President, and at least some sections of the American academic and government foreign policy “communities” consciously and fully intend – through both inaction and calculation – that the Iranian Government eventually manifests the ready capability to manufacture and deploy such weapons.

    The conclusions from such a premise are as disconcerting as they are interesting, but alas, we are already living in “interesting times”…

  • steven L

    Why is Pr. O so fearful of IL?

    • Steven L.- To answer your question,Obama is a muslim.

  • Reform School

    Like us, most men resemble their fathers at the same age. Look at the snapshots around 1:30 in the video. Who is it? Anyone you knew? No, not Barry. But his REAL daddy?

    The musical track is J.S Bach’s ‘Air on the G-String.”

    Is there a G-string on the planet that needs ‘airing’ more?

    If the G-String fit, would “Obama” quit?

    Not even in the “Dreams of MY Father!”

    Only a Republican Senate has the balls to remove one.

    That is why Pres. Richard Nixon (Obama’s hero) resigned.

  • Sonia Willats

    I agree with every word, every question raised, Prof. Dershowitz. It seems clear that the “officials” had BHOfficial sanction to issue their LOW, courtless insults. COMPOUNDED by the comments “It’s too late for him to do anything … It was a combination of our pressure and his own unwillingness to do anything dramatic. Now it’s too late.” the “chicken$@#t” comment was clearly deliberately MEANT AND SENT IN THE SAME WAY THAT HAMAS SENDS ROCKETS TO PRECIPITATE A SITUATION… (Hamas knows that it cannot win by conventional warfare. Clearly the officials who delivered this explosive information, wanted to CHANGE THE STATUS QUO DRASTICALLY AND QUICKLY, dispensing with normal court etiquette and time-frames.”

    Bearing in mind further that Jeffrey Goldberg was the chosen vessel for BHO’s direct comments against PM Netanyahu as he flew on Sunday to Washington, once again dispensing with all normal etiquette, surely (!!) between heads of state … And the unforgettable insults a few years ago, when PM Netanyahu and his delegation were let in via a side door, and told to dine alone on un-kosher food… CAN THERE BE ANY DOUBT WHATSOEVER AS TO THE FACT THAT BHOfficial direction and sanction was given to these comments. BHO is clearly precipitating a clear and sudden break with Israel. WHY??

    I repeat below part of my comment to another article today in Algemeiner… (1. Bibi is NO COWARD. 2. There is an achilles heel situation within Israel that these comments may also want to exploit. Lapid would possibly be more easily manipulated, through ambition? I hope not…)

    “It seems to me that PM Netanyahu has bowed and cow-towed as much to foreign powers as a man and ruler WHO IS NOT A COWARD can do – even to the release of prisoners who have shed Israeli blood, which was hard to swallow. IF ONE CONTINUES TO CONCEDE, WHERE DOES IT STOP? As a courageous man, with huge vision informed by history, HE NEEDS TO STAND against all these amnesiac (turncoat) governments of the world and do what is right by Israel. If one allows the battery of Israel according to international demands, WHERE DOES IT END? As described above – with a divided and crippled Jerusalem and Israel, unable to defend herself. IT CANNOT HAPPEN and it cannot be understood to be the will of the G-d of Israel, Isaac and Jacob (I believe.)
    BUT LAPID AND HERZOG will exploit Bibi’s vulnerability and blame him for the stand-off with USA and the world; yet it is not his fault! Here is the achilles heel of the situation within Israel? I hope Bibi stays in power in order to stand firm against the absurd demands of previous, traditional allies.”

    • Sonia Willats

      Correction to para 2. as he flew on A Sunday, (some 6 months ago..)

  • It is long overdue that someone educate Obama and his inept administration that Israel has sovereignty over all of Jerusalem (and Judea and Samaria)since the League of Nation’s authorizing the ‘British Mandate for Palestine’ in 1922 within the framework of the Treaty of San Remo.
    The League’s charter states that any stateless people achieving nationhood via a mandated Authority acquires sovereignty over the entire area covered by the mandate.
    It follows that the constantly criticized ‘settlements’ are entirely legitimate building projects of a sovereign state on its sovereign land.
    ‘Resolutions’ by its successor organization, the United Nations, do not have the force of law unless all parties concerned agree to the Resolution, states the UN charter (article #80). Since the Palestinians have never agreed to the Partition Resolution #181, it is null and void and the agreement of San Remo is the only valid document having the force of international law.
    Furthermore, the Palestinians are not ‘occupied’ as they constantly complain, they have autonomy under the Palestinian Authority since 1994, so their fate is in the hands of Mahmud Abbas. If there is a wall and checkpoints that make life difficult for them, they might try NOT to send jihadists, suicide bombers, and rockets into Israel. The wall and the checkpoints that are just as cumbersome for the Israelis may miraculously disappear – just a thought.

    • Charlie Hall

      The San Remo Conference did not give “Israel” (which would not exist as a sovereign state for almost 28 more years) sovereignty over anything. It had no authority to do so. The entire region was still under the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire and would remain so for another four years.

      It is lies like this that cause people to distrust pro-Israel activists.

      • P. Nile Schwartz

        Incorrect. San Remo is one of the founding documents of Jewish sovereignty, which is eplained quite well by legal expert Howard Grief: “The details for the planned independent Jewish state were set forth in three basic documents, which may be termed the founding documents of mandated Palestine and the modern Jewish state of Israel that arose from it. These were the San Remo Resolution of April 25, 1920, the Mandate for Palestine conferred on Britain by the Principal Allied Powers and confirmed by the League of Nations on July 24, 1922, and the Franco-British Boundary Convention of December 23, 1920. These founding documents were supplemented by the Anglo-American Convention of December 3, 1924 respecting the Mandate for Palestine. “

    • Sonia Willats

      Dr Farron, Charlie Hall. It would be good to see an article addressing these isses, PREF. BY PROF. DERSHOWITZ, in Algemeiner.

      I, too, once thought the “settlers” were trouble-makers. I now see that they are largely heroes; though there may be some trouble-makers here and there.

      We need to know and study the irrefutable facts for Israel to exist, and to exist right up to the Jordan.. the original size and shape of the mandate and how it was divided into TransJordan and Palastine/Israel etc.

  • David Powell

    There is a third possibility. The US Administration openly saying they think Netanyahu is bluffing may push Netanyahu to launch strikes, possibly including the use of an Israeli nuclear first strike, as Iran’s nuclear facilities may be too deeply buried to knock out with conventional weapons (Especially if the US will not provide our best bunker buster conventional bombs to Israel.) The kind of storm that would touch off in the Mideast beggars imagination. It is basically telling Netanyahu “I double dare you.”

  • steven L

    We need to remember that this Pr. promised a transformation of this country! Are we slowly unveiling the full truth.
    Can there be deception to put Iran against the wall?
    The congress will play a major role specially if the Republicans control the senate.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama is where the buck stops.

    Mickey Oberman

  • Obama’s relations with Israel and other Nations
    Obama has no respect from many of the International community. Obama has no credibility, he has the least experience in real politics, he is the worst president the U.S. has ever had. Obama has alienated many nations and has caused foreign policy damage that is costing the American taxpayer trillions. Obama has abused his executive powers and should be prosecuted for his violations. Obama is ignoring the true sovereignty of the Jewish people in Israel and the various treaties and international agreements entered into after WWI. Obama’s blatant disrespect of Netanyahu and Israel’s International legitimate rights shows his naivety in International matters and foreign policy. Obama’s lack of etiquette is an outright embarrassment to the United States.
    Natanyahu is trying his best, but he will not compromise the security of Israel and that is the way a leader should perform. It is interesting to note, that Jordan is a country that never existed in history before WWI and nobody is contesting its legitimacy or territorial sovereignty and control. The same powers that established 21 Arab States after WWI, Established the State of Israel based on the Balfur Declaration. On the other hand, Israel and its Jewish people have over 3500 year history. Many Nations and people are questioning Israel’s control of its liberated territory. No one is mentioning that the Arab countries had ejected about a million Jewish people from their countries, confiscated their homes and assets to the tune of over 500 billion dollars and over 600,00 of these Jewish people were resettled in Greater Israel.
    If this is not discrimination against Israel, I do not know what is.
    It seems like nobody cares about land violations in other countries in the world, but when it comes to Israel, everyone has a say. Israel’s rights in the treaty of San Remo of 1920 are in affect in perpetuity, clearly states that the Jewish people are the only ones with political rights in the British Mandate of Palestine and that the Jewish people can live anywhere in the British Mandate.
    If the U.S., Europe and other countries will stop meddling, and stop its criticism and involvement in the politics of Israel and the Arabs, than there will be a chance for peace.
    We know the great powers are only interested in the OIL and nothing else, that is the bottom line.

    A true and lasting peace in Israel will bring mammoth economic prosperity to The Israelis and The Arabs alike.
    An approach to peace starts by teaching your children and the people not to hate and condemn any acts violence that hurts civilian population and stop celebrating and rewarding the death and destruction of each other.

    YJ Draiman

    “No Jew is entitled to give up the right of establishing [i.e. settling] the Jewish Nation in all of the Land of Israel. No Jewish body has such power. Not even all the Jews alive today [i.e. the entire Jewish People] have the power to cede any part of the country or homeland whatsoever. This is a right vouchsafed or reserved for the Jewish Nation throughout all generations. This right cannot be lost or expropriated under any condition or circumstance. Even if at some particular time, there are those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have no power nor competence to deprive coming generations of this right. The Jewish nation is neither bound nor governed by such a waiver or renunciation. Our right to the whole of this country is valid, in force and endures forever. And until the Final Redemption has come, we will not budge from this historic right.”

    at the Basle Session of the 20th Zionist Congress at Zurich (1937)

    • Sonia Willats

      Well stated, thank you! The power of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His spoken Word should not be abrogated by those who claim to believe.

  • Dershowitz has supported Obama 100%. When Obama says jump, Dershowitz says how high. He is just a dhimmi..He cares much more about Obama than he does about Israel.

    • Sonia Willats

      I trust that situation has changed. I certainly hope so. It would be hard to think that Prof. Dershowitz could be so blind as to not see what is clear to be seen as the back-room agenda of BHO and all who pull his strings. He is surely a puppet of other powerful bodies that seek to change the traditional alliances e.g. the tri-lateral commission??


  • This is just another sad example of what can happen when a “Community Organizer” has the chutzpah to believe he can be the POTUS! He was and is, an amateur playing in a very dangerous neighborhood. There is nobody to pull his chestnuts out of the fire. Certainly our still-Arabist State Dept. under John Kerry cannot do it.
    And the world is stuck with this POTUS for another two years. Pray that the stupidity shown by our leaders doesn’t produce a mushroom cloud over the Sinai!!

  • Rick K

    It is hard to imagine any statement from the US which curses out any foreign head of state, friendly or not.

    To use such words is so outrageous in the diplomatic circles that it defies any possible explanations.

    Has the Obama administration hit a new low in the world of words? I cannot believe that the words used were not calculated with some expected outcome, however the motives are impossible to understand. Only a sick and obsessive mind would do this and that may just be the explanation.

  • Elliott

    That’s Obama, just trash-talkin’ like the Brothers on the court. Too bad he hasn’t scored in the last thirty games. Time for him to take a long sit on the bench…