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Dershowitz: Consider 'Temporary Refugee' Placement in the Middle East

 

By    |   Monday, 16 Nov 2015 09:23 PM

A middle ground should be used in helping Syrian refugees that avoids the extremes of doing nothing and taking them into the United States and Europe permanently, Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV

"There can be temporary refugee places," Dershowitz said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "Jordan is now doing that. They're not accepting Syrians to live there forever but they're giving them asylum."

Once the fighting is over, the refugees are expected to go home, he said.

"If during the Holocaust, for example, Great Britain and the United States had opened the doors to Jews and said, 'You can come in temporarily but you can't stay here forever,' a lot of lives would've been saved," he said.

"We have to think of third alternatives rather than the extremes because … a lot of American citizens, and certainly some governors, won't accept simply allowing 65,000 or whatever refugees, and how difficult it would be to distinguish the refugees from those who wish us ill," Dershowitz said.

The United States wouldn't necessarily have to take the refugees at all under such a plan, he said.

"There are Middle East countries that can accept them," Dershowitz said. "I mentioned Jordan, the Emirates. You look at Saudi Arabia, it's all empty spaces. It's all empty areas. There are hardly any people and there's an enormous landmass."

Host Steve Malzberg noted that Palestinian media has blamed the Paris terror attacks on Jews.

Dershowitz said that isn't surprising.

"You can't say anything in the Palestinian authority press without the approval of the leaders, you can't preach from the mosque without the approval of the leaders, and yet you see these kinds of absurd allegations that the Mossad was the ones who went after the people in France in revenge for France labeling goods from the West Bank and the settlement," he said. "It's the kind of absurd statement that you wouldn't take seriously except when you're asking Israel to make peace with the people who are making those kinds of statements."

Asked whether the Paris attacks are the start of World War III, Dershowitz said the 9/11 attacks were the beginning of a 20- to 30-year war, but it is a different kind of war.

ISIS, unlike al-Qaida, kills indiscriminately, he said.

Al-Qaida goes "after Jews, they go after people who mock them like Charlie Hebdo," Dershowitz said, "but ISIS goes after people who without regard to who they are, what their ethnicity is, what their religion is."

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