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Alan Dershowitz: Netanyahu's Last-Minute Declaration Was Desperate

By    |   Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:59 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's surprise declaration Monday that if re-elected, he would not support the formation of a Palestinian state came across as a last-minute move of desperation, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," where he offered his take on Israel's elections.

Instead, Dershowitz said Netanyahu should have said that based on the threat of the Islamic State coming into Jordan, it would not make sense for Israel to withdraw its military from the West Bank "at this point in time."

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"You could have a disarmed Palestinian state with some Israeli presence or some multinational presence headed by the United States, perhaps Egypt and other countries, in the West Bank to secure it militarily and I would hope that if Netanyahu were to be re-elected as prime minister, he would go back to the negotiating table and consider the possibility of a demilitarized Palestinian state with some military Israeli presence to protect the borders between Jordan and the West Bank against any incursion by ISIS or any Hamas takeover," he said.

Dershowitz, author of "Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel's Just War Against Hamas," also agreed with many pundits who predict that in the absence of a sweeping majority at the polls today, it will likely be some time before the next prime minister is determined.

"In Israel, every election is like our election in the year 2000 when we didn't know the results for weeks," he said. "We'll know how many seats each of the parties or groups have gotten and then the real negotiations begin. The relatively new president of Israel will have to get recommendations from each of the parties that have substantial numbers as to which leader will be asked to form a government.

"Then, there will be all kinds of negotiations with the parties and some of the strangest coalitions may emerge. I don't think you can count out Netanyahu even if he ends up losing by three, four or even five seats. Though, it is certainly possible there may be a change in government."

In Israel, the president meets with party leaders after the election and then nominates the member he believes can best form a government. The position is not automatically given to the person with the most seats in the parliament.

Like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dershowitz opined that the Obama administration is rooting for Netanyahu to be unseated by his main opponent, Isaac Herzog.

"If there is a change in government and Herzog becomes the clear prime minister, the White House will be cheering and … there will be some regret and mixed feelings at least from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt that really want a strong Israeli prime minister to stand up against ISIS and Iran," he said.

Israeli Arabs could well be the deciding factor in the election's outcome, according to Dershowitz, who said their participation is "very good for democracy."

"Many more Israeli Arabs are going to vote in this election," he said. "They may emerge as the third or fourth strongest bloc and they may become kingmakers. It's going to be so interesting to see how that coalition plays out in the maneuvering that occurs thereafter.

"My assessment is that Arabs are voting today because for the first time they really feel that they are full citizens and have a potential, an impact on this government and that's a good thing. If one of the coalitions can include some moderate Arabs in the leadership, that would be a good thing."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surprise declaration Monday that if re-elected he would not support the formation of a Palestinian state came across as a last-minute move of desperation, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV.
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:59 AM
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