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December 26, 2016 7:56 pm

Dershowitz: Obama Will Go Down in History as One of Worst Foreign Policy Presidents Ever

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Professor Alan Dershowitz. Photo: Screenshot.

Professor Alan Dershowitz. Photo: Screenshot.

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will be remembered in history as “one of the worst foreign policy presidents ever,” an internationally renowned American legal expert told Fox News on Monday.

“It’s the most undemocratic thing a president can do — to tie the hands of his successor during the lame-duck period,” Professor Alan Dershowitz — a Democrat — said on Obama’s decision to abstain from a vote last Friday on an anti-Israeli settlement UN Security Council resolution that passed by a 14-0 margin.

Before the 2012 presidential election, Dershowitz recalled, Obama “called me into the Oval Office before the election and said to me, ‘Alan, I want your support. And I have to tell you, I will always have Israel’s back.’ I didn’t realize that what he meant was that he’d…stab them in the back.”

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“What he did was so nasty,” Dershowitz went on to say. “He pulled a bait-and-switch. He said to the American public, ‘Oh, this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank,’ and yet he allowed his representative to the UN to abstain, which is really [a vote] for a resolution which says that Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall. Jews can’t live in the Jewish Quarter where they’ve lived for thousands of years and he’s going to say, ‘Whoops, I didn’t mean that.’ Well, read the resolution. You’re a lawyer, you went to Harvard Law School.”

In a pre-election op-ed published in The Algemeiner at the start of November, Dershowitz urged Obama to “resist any temptation, during his final weeks in office, to change longstanding American policy: that only direct negotiations between the parties will achieve a lasting [Israeli-Palestinian] peace.”

Watch a video of Dershowitz’s comments below:

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  • Merv99

    Israel has stabbed the US in the back by pursuing its ridiculous settlement policy and then leaving it to the US to suffer the consequences of the fallout.

  • figmo

    What are the lying liberals (but I repeat myself) advocating? Are they using that worn out BS that if Israel will only return the land in question to the Arabs in exchange for their promise of peace, we will at last have peace? I’m afraid you’ll have to take off your shoes to count how many times that has been tried and failed. Every time Israel is forced to fight the arabs and ends up with more land, Israel should keep the additional land and at least turn it into a buffer against future attacks. Israel should withdraw from the UN as should the US. Besides, UN resolutions are about as meaningful as a fart in a windstorm. I always figured Dershowitz to be a very smart person and find it interesting that it took him two terms of Obama to figure out what that commie/muzzie really is.

  • TaterSalad

    Obama will go down as the first outright TRAITOR as president in the history of the USA. He needs to be strung up from the lightpost in front of the White House for his treason.

  • Metatrona

    Barack, the Bastard acted like a bastard!

  • henna69

    At last the Jewish lefties are beginning to see the light.

  • Steven geller

    This latest disaster of Obama’s foreign policy will be its worst and have the longest lasting ramification. First, no one should be surprise, aided by his or hers own version of political correctness that blinded them Obama’s ability to manage foreign policy. He never was schooled in foreign relations, instead having a background of serving in ground roots organizations revolving around urban matters. His views on foreign affairs have also been simple, shorn of any in-depth analysis or awareness of historical significance of issues at hand. Someone of his background easily sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as one modeled after colonial powers ruling over indigenous people, the latter whom are still behind in national development and incapable of protecting itself. Lacking any sophisticated sense of the situation, Obama sees it simply as Israel (a throwback to Europe of the 19th century), illegally occupying the lands of 19th century African lands. No thought or acknowledgment is given to the lack of reciprocity by the Palestinians regarding official recognition of Israel as a state. Limited by this simple analysis, Obama has now set the stage for decades more of stagnation in deriving at a long lasting polictical solution.

  • Cheryl Gumulauski

    Alan Dershowitz speaks for most of America on this issue, and definitely for virtually all Republicans and Independents as well as many Democrats, elected and else wise. The fallout in the USA over this Obama sneak attack is intense clear across party lines with all but the tiny, tiny, far fascist right, and leftists in agreement.

  • VoiceofReason613

    I would love to have Alan Dershowitz respond to the following:

    1. Was Obama worse that George W. Bush whose disastrous invasion of Iraq led to hundreds of thousands of lives lost, led to the establishment of Isis, in the opinion of many military and strategic experts, and will cost the US an estimated $3 TRILLION when ll the costs are taken into account, including treating the many wounded and traumatised American soldiers?

    2. Are you aware that most US and Israeli military and nuclear experts believe that the Iran nuclear deal was the best approach to reducing Iran’s ability to build a nuclear weapon, and that Iran has already greatly reduced its capacity to build a nuclear weapon by, for example, getting rid of 98% of its enriched nuclear material and permitting unprecedented inspection of its nuclear facilities?

    3. Are you aware of the existential threat that climate change is to the U.S., Israel, and, indeed, the entire world, according to the almost unanimous opinion of climate experts, and that the Obama administration has taken major steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, steps that Donald J. Trump wishes to roll back? Are you aware that the U.S.military and foreign military experts believe that climate change will likely increase instability, terrorism, and war as millions of desperate refugees flee from droughts, wildfires, storms, floods, and other effects of climate change, but Trump and most other Republican politicians are in denial about climate change? Are you aware that Obama was a major player behind the December 2015 Paris climate change conference during which all 195 nations including Israel, agreed that climate change is a major threat to humanity and immediate steps must be taken to avert a climate catastrophe, while Trump promises to tear up the agreement shortly after taking office?

    4. While a comprehensive, sustainable resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict will be difficult to obtain, without one how will Israel avert continued and possibly increased violence and diplomatic criticism and isolation, effectively respond to her economic, environmental, and other domestic problems, and remain a Jewish and a democratic state.

    I hope someone will get these questions to Dershowitz because his responses would be of great interest.Thanks.

    • Gigi Lee

      Your statements are horse hockey.

    • Trevor’s Axiom

      Cut and paste

    • Kish Mirtuches

      issues other than Israel can be debated, but there is no doubt that over eight years Obama has fostered severe negative images of Israel, and Jews in general in the minds of people across the globe by his acrimonious treatment of the Jewish State, a beacon of light in a very dark world of the Middle East and beyond. You seem to dismiss or forget this by using an accounting metric of credits and debits, when in fact this method is inappropriate. The US President’s words matter. His tone, his actions, his interactions matter. You wouldn’t keep a friend like Obama, and neither would the majority of people on the planet if he treated each of them in the manner he’s treated Israel. Alan Dershowitz is right; for Israelis, Obama is a black stain on US-Israeli relationships because Obama has Muslim genetic proclivities he cannot keep in check.

  • Joseph Feld

    Professor Dershowitz was much criticised for supporting Obama early on, and now the tuth is revealed. Agreements from Madrid, Oslo, Camp David and Annapolis have been contradicted as have ‘facts on the ground’. Leading nations have supported Obama’s unsound resolution. Was his Iran nuclear deal — accepted by world ‘powers’ — as incompetent and immoral as this UN resolution?

  • danepol

    “The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interrèd with their bones.”
    William Shakespeare

    A legacy of meddling, failure and betrayal.

    Tell me where in the Middle East is Obama regarded with fondness?

  • arthur M. alex

    While Professor Dershowitz opines concerning the Mao-Bama “stab in the back” against Israel, he himself is complicate in its decision!.
    Dershowitz in a cultural Marxist, supporting both the Obama regime virtually without question, and placed himself in the thick of the un-indicted federal felon Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
    That he lends his voice against the U.S.abstention at the Unholy Nations Security Counsel vote, has NO moral or ethical worth or impact!

  • bertha yellowfinch

    Listen to those males — screaming and yelling and stomping their feet.

  • Jack Brixton

    As seen in this article, Obama is heavily damaging 50 years of bipartisan foreign policy, as this UN resolution seeks to modify resolution 242, making the negotiating table harder and harder to approach for both parties:
    http://jcpa.org/dangers-un-security-council-resolution-2334-2016/

  • joshua1779

    Obama acted like a complete scumbag.

  • Sheesh… I’ve been saying that for the last 6 years (I gave the guy two years to show what he could do, and unfortunately he did), so now it’s kind of funny to hear Dershowtiz say the same thing. With one difference: BHO is the worst president ever in ALL respcts, not just in foreign policy. Too bad luminaries of his caliber are realizaing it so late in the game. Another 24 days before said worst president eva’ finally disappears into the sunset… There will be champagne bottles popping all over the world on January 20…

  • henrytobias

    I could have told the learned Prof. Dershowitz not to vote for Obama – twice! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0255cdf1f27edfe6d9a37da5c6f0125fca1a4b174a62f997d18cba1a5de7c863.jpg

  • LtcHoward

    Unfortunately, Alan Dershowitz and 70% of American Jews voted for Obama twice. Now, the Jewish left is going after Trump’s nominee to be the ambassador to Israel with a demonic vengeance. I

  • harvard86

    Obama is not a backstabber. He did what any Muslim sympathizing Democrat would do. He did not do anything out of character. The real backstabber is Dershowitz. A two time shill for Obama and the party with an anti-Israel agenda. He is either a fool or a self-hating Jew. Whichever it is Jews should stop looking to him for guidance. I would ban him from the Algemeiner

  • Arkansas Traveler

    How about the worst president in history?

  • Carl18

    Nice that the genius came around. For years he ran cover for Obama. He
    also defended Olmert. Suddenly got silent when Olmert was convicted.
    BFD that the great Harvard Professor now says that Obama will go down in
    history as the worst foreign policy president. If the arrogant lawyer
    wasn’t so impressed with himself, he might have listened to those of us
    who were at the Jerusalem Post 2015 Conference,but instead he lectured
    the audience on not being gracious to Olmert and repeated his support
    for Obama. He actually said that the audience was responsible for
    Israel’s problems. I can’t make this up./ Check the videos. I stopped
    him on his way off the stage and asked how he could think that blaming
    the audience, mostly pro-Israel Jews, was beneficial and if he was
    arguing to a jury that wouldn’t be3 very convincing to blame the jury,
    and he said that they don’t matter. I said “they are Jews, you can’t
    write them off, and again he said that they don’t matter to him. So,
    whoopie, the genius just f***ing figured it out after being an enabler
    for most of this despicable president’s presidency. People like him
    sicken me.

  • dante

    Dersh is right and he’s a very good man but, please say, how it was that Dersh allowed himself to be consistently misled by Obama. it is not enough to say that Obama is a disreputable liar and bungler and a fool. and, it is probably not completely correct, either. the scandalous foreign policy blunders are obvious. however, not every damaging decision was a blunder: many of the worst decisions made by Obama were deliberate.

  • Eliott Alhadeff

    Is anyone who knew Obama to be stupid (refuses to release his transcripts, inability to make rational judgements, etc.), incompetent, ignorant (when was the last time he supported anything he said with authority, analysis or historical precedent?) and inexperienced really surprised? The guy is a very, very bad joke of what is expected of the free world’s leader

  • Brooklyn Ave.

    As a lifelong Democrat …unfortunately I voted for him…..although I had reservations about his attitude towards Israel…….as a life long Zionist I should have paid attention to my “Inner Warning Voice” mechanism!!!

  • Carl18

    Nice that the genius came around. For years he ran cover for Obama. He also defended Olmert. Suddenly got silent when Olmert was convicted. BFD that the great Harvard Professor now says that Obama will go down in history as the worst foreign policy president. If the arrogant lawyer wasn’t so impressed with himself, he might have listened to those of us who were at the Jerusalem Post 2015 Conference,but instead he lectured the audience on not being gracious to Olmert and repeated his support for Obama. He actually said that the audience was responsible for Israel’s problems. I can’t make this up./ Check the videos. I stopped him on his way off the stage and asked how he could think that blaming the audience, mostly pro-Israel Jews, was beneficial and if he was arguing to a jury that wouldn’t be3 very convincing to blame the jury, and he said that they don’t matter. I said “they are Jews, you can’t write them off, and again he said that they don’t matter to him. So, whoopie, the genius just f***ing figured it out after being an enabler for most of this despicable president’s presidency. People like him sicken me.

  • Actually, Obama will go down in history as one of the worst foreign policy Presidents, if he listens to Jimmy Carter, who went down in history as the worst ex-President.
    Below is some advice ex-President Carter gave to President Obama:

    http://www.newsweek.com/jimmy-carter-barack-obama-recognize-state-palestine-526252

  • Thought is Free

    Yeah, Obama went to Harvard law school. Doesn’t say much for HLS. But then it has its share of hard left nutters, too.

  • SteveC1

    Dershowitz is 100% CORRECT.
    Obama was not elected on the basis of foreign policy positions or diplomatic skills, but over his DOMESTIC policy positions.
    All chickens have now come home to roost.
    He continues to insist that he is “on the ‘right’ side of history,” while it is *exceedingly* clear that that is EXTREMELY debatable to say the least.

  • Efram Paul

    Read it? The antisemite wrote it! Professor Dershowitz, I was a Democrat all of my life until our traitor-in-chief forced through, aided and abetted by this once liberal party, a huge gift for the terrorist republic of Iran. Now that he does not have to ask for support, he is showing his true colors. He does not want, and never has wanted, peace. His goals have always been at odds with peace, humanity, and decency, because he is, and always has been, a dedicated jihadist and, as follows, an antisemite.

    You were fooled. I was fooled in 2008. But his actions have been consistent, hatred of Israel and worshiper of jihadists (except for ISIS). I will never be a Republican, as most of their positions are egregious and anathema to my beliefs. But the Democratic Party has retreated at full speed from its former position of ethical and moral courage, and dived into the sewer of hate, bigotry, and all the other ‘values’ traditional to the right wing.

    Face it, Professor Dershowitz, there is no longer a party in the US which represents the ‘good fight.’ There is no longer a party which deserves the support of liberals and progressives. There is no longer a major outlet for those who want to make a better world in the United States.

    We need a new political party! I have been saying this for years, and our antisemite-in-chief has made this abundantly clear. The Ellisons of this world should be in prison, not leading a major party. The Obamas of this world should be relegated to the same stature as the KKK, their spiritual role model.

    It is time to face facts. The GOP, while admirable in their near universal support for Israel, otherwise represents positions anathema to the American way, freedom, and concern for all Americans (or even most). Fairness is banned in this party. Unfortunately, though, it no longer faces legitimate opposition, as the Democratic Party has proven itself to be the party of hate and bigotry. And, rather than realizing, by the loss of elections, that it needs to connect with the American people and disavow Stalinism, continues to move farther and farther away from its former place, and towards the Ellisons of the world.

    Use your influence. Talk to billionaires who might be receptive. The United States needs a genuine progressive party which cares about people, not obscene ideals.

    • arthur M. alex

      Spoken well, Mr. Paul like the cultural Marxist you are!!!

      I forgive you-Marxism, progressivism, and the deceased liberalisms are mental disorders, from which even chemotherapy, and radiation cannot cure!

  • Mr_Cohen

    Ebony Magazine (a magazine by-and-for African Americans)
    recently saluted President Barack Obama for “eight years of excellence”.

    By an amazing co-incidence, President Barack Obama is also African American!

    Will wonders never cease?

  • Edward Brandwein

    I have a lot of respect for Alan Dershowitz but this is not the first truly awful foreign policy move by this president as it concerns Israel. The Iran deal, through which we agreed to recapitalize the Iranians while they openly and repeatedly threatened to destroy Israel, really showed the extent of Obama’s animosity to Israel. This latest betrayal is just icing on that cake. I was not a huge fan of Donald Trump during the campaign (not that I thought highly of Clinton either). I sure am rooting for him now though.

  • NYCView

    To all the liberal-dems proffering self-serving, pseudo shock and dismay over the outgoing president’s shameful sour grapes demonstration of hostility toward our ally: Talk is cheap, and only more so after-the-fact.

  • David Sabghir

    Dershowitz supported Obama through both of his Administrations. Did he not know the snake that he was dealing with and the Party that as part of his Election Platform was anti-Israel? It was interesting that after his first Administration, I do not recall an outpouring of support for Obama from the legal profession.

    I disagree with Dershowitz, Obama will go down as one of the worst Presidents in US history, notwithstanding his disastrous Foreign Policy. His disastrous domestic policies, his disastrous economic policies, his disastrous policy to pit races against each other, to pit economic classes against each other to encourage disrespect for law and order, to dismantle our military, to destroy our coal industry, and I could go on. The sooner that person gets out of Washington, the faster we can begin to heal the terrible damage that he has done.

    Dershowitz should go back to the Ivory Tower.

  • Steve Loeb

    Its time to push back on the countless lies revisionist history etc from Islamists and the Left that we’ve allowed again and again to stand unchallenged. No more PC – its time to PUSH BACK on the BS

  • domdavid

    Sorry, Alan, you’re more than a day late and a dollar short. You’ve spent the last 8 years defending BHO in the face of clear evidence that he had little, if any, concern about the fate of israel. He made that obvious at Cairo, in the speech that began his infamous ‘surrender’ and ‘apology’ tour.

  • Reb_Yaakov

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