President Barack Obama is about to make a "dreadful mistake" by cutting a deal with Iran on its nuclear program without approval from Congress, which not only puts the United States in danger but the whole world, renowned legal expert Alan Dershowitz tells Newsmax TV
"This is a very serious crisis about separation of powers — the president mistakenly believes that the executive has the authority to make this deal with Iran without any input from Congress," Dershowitz, professor emeritus from Harvard Law School, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Friday.
"He's wrong constitutionally, he's wrong historically, he's wrong politically, and he's wrong pragmatically," Dershowitz said. "It's very important that we understand the Constitution shares the authority and no deal with Iran ought to be allowed to go through without the approval of Congress.
"This is very much like a treaty."
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According to Dershowitz, if Obama doesn't get Congress to approve the deal, then "he's making a dreadful mistake.
"He's the one who's said over and over again he wants to make sure Congress is on board.
"The reason he didn't attack Syria after he promised he would on chemical weapons is he said that Congress has a role to play — he can't be backing out on that," he said.
"He has to recall that under our Constitution, important decisions about changing relationships with countries have to transcend the power of a lame-duck president for the next one-and-a-half years."
According to Dershowitz, "we want our country to be able to make commitments that they will keep, and the only way to make a commitment is to make sure that Congress approves any deal the president makes.
"The problem is Congress may very well not approve this deal because this is a bad deal," he added.
The Jerusalem Post reported a week ago
that the Obama administration has reportedly agreed to 80 percent of the Iranians demands in the current talks over dismantling Iran's nuclear program.
The point of contention is whether or not Iran should be allowed to continue enriching uranium to use for nuclear power as it dismantles its nuclear program.
Israeli officials have said they are concerned that if Iran is able to continue to enrich uranium, it will leave Iran in the position of being able to potentially make its own nuclear weapon.
Dershowitz says that the agreement is "a bad deal for America, a bad deal for the world, a bad deal for America's allies.
"The president is about to make a dreadful mistake in terms of making a deal with Iran and a dreadful mistake in terms of trying to cut Congress off from approving that deal, and that's where the focus of attention ought to be," Dershowitz added.
Former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Danny Ayalon, told Newsmax that "at stake is no less than global security and peace throughout the world."
"A nuclear Iran or an Iran which retains the potential to make a breakthrough to a nuclear weapon, to become a threshold country, that means a total new and dangerous world because it will not stop at Iran," Ayalon said.
"Nuclear power would give it the real power to continue and commit crimes against humanity all over the world," he said.
"On the drawing board they already have their planning [for] intercontinental ballistic missiles
that will reach any spot on this Earth, number one," he said.
The other issue, Ayalon said, is that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have already said that if Iran has a nuclear weapon, then "they will become nuclear," too.
"This is a real threat," he said.
In November, the United States agreed to allow the nuclear talks to continue for another seven months. The deadline for the framework is March 24
, which is also the same day that 10 Senate Democrats have said that they will support an economic sanctions bill against Iran if no deal is met.
The Washington Post
wrote a scathing editorial Thursday about the emerging details of the plan, echoing the same concerns that others have raised.
Among those concerns, the Post said: instead of eliminating Iran's ability to make nuclear weapons, the aim now seems to be to merely "temporarily restrict that capability"; the Obama administration is making no effort to prevent Iran's power and influence to grow in the Middle East; and the Obama administration has hinted that it is willing to make the deal without approval from Congress.
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