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Dershowitz: On Iran, Obama Is Another Neville Chamberlain

By    |   Monday, 02 February 2015 11:09 AM

Iran has made no secret of its desire to decimate Israel, yet the Obama administration continues to negotiate a "bad, bad deal" with Tehran that will allow the country to have the capability to act on its desires, according to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik, both of whom appeared Monday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"If you go back in history Hitler was not as forthright … as Iran is today in what they intend to do," said Kerik, who in 2003 was appointed by President George W. Bush to reconstruct the Iraqi interior ministry. "They want to blow Israel off the map, they want the demise of the Israeli people."

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Iran is "funding Hamas and Hezbollah and these other major terrorist organizations," Kerik said. "There is no negotiating with a bully. You don't put that bully on the world stage especially in this position, and that's what we've done, that's what we continue to do.

"The threat is increasing, has increased substantially since 2006-2007 when I was writing about this years ago, and it's only getting worse and if we don't stop it now … in the years to come it's going to be far, far worse."

In January, The Jerusalem Post reported that Iran had deployed a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which not only can reach Israel, but also Europe.

The missile and its launch pad are "a direct threat to the United States as well," according to a 2013 U.S. intelligence report that stated that Iran could test an ICBM this year, according to the Post.

The Obama administration's "negotiations" are a joke, according to Dershowitz, who noted that even if Iran accepts the proposed deal — which some reports have said give Tehran 80 percent of what it wants — there's nothing to prevent them from developing "trigger mechanisms."

"All it stops them from doing, or it requires them to go underground to do it, is their centrifuges, and it allows them to remain a threshold nuclear power and it has a sunset prevision," Dershowitz said. "After a few years, the number has not been explicitly stated, they can go on and do whatever they please.

"This is a very bad deal, a bad deal for the United States, a bad deal for the international community."

Furthermore, Dershowitz said, the deal does not address Iran being the major exporter of terrorism.

"My fear is that whether it's this year or next year or 10 years from now, Barack Obama is going to go down in history as the (former British Prime Minister) Neville Chamberlain of the 21st century, if Iran ever does develop nuclear weapons. 

"We will point to this point in history and say, this was the turning point. This was the point where the president could've recognized the greatest threat to the world in the 21st century and, like Chamberlain in the 20th century, he failed to do it. That will be his legacy if Iran develops nuclear weapons and the capacity to deliver them."

The men also addressed future terror attacks and whether Islamic militants are planning another "spectacular" event like 9/11.

"I strongly believe that you don't need that today, you don't need four planes flying into buildings," Kerik said. "If you had an attack like you had in Paris here, not one, but if you had four attacks like you had in Paris in different cities at the same time on the same day — in a school, in a hospital, in a tourist location — I can assure you that's going to be a spectacular event.

"It's going to create major fear and things like that, which is what these guys try to instill," he said.

"Is that possible? Yes it's possible and our intelligence capabilities, our intelligence ability, is what we have to depend on right now to make sure that that stuff doesn't happen."

American trains are particularly vulnerable, said Dershowitz, author of "Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas."

"When you go to Grand Central Station or Penn Station in rush hour, there are thousands of people and there's very, very little security," he said.

The airlines are far more secure today than pre-9/11, according to Kerik, but there's always the possibility of someone slipping through the cracks.

"Especially in some of these airports that don't have the physical security, perimeter security that they should have," he said. "We have to look at everything and most importantly it's got to be preemptive and proactive.

"We are a reactive country historically, and that creates a major problem for us. It's not doing us any good after the fact."

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Iran has made no secret of its desire to decimate Israel, yet the Obama administration continues to negotiate a "bad, bad deal" with Tehran, according to Alan Dershowitz and Bernie Kerik, both of whom appeared Monday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."
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