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Dershowitz: Trump 'Saying, Doing All the Right Things' Overseas

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By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 11:04 AM

President Donald Trump is "saying and doing all the right things" during his visit to the Middle East, Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Monday.

Trump's message is far different than the one former President Barack Obama delivered with his nuclear deal with Iran, Dershowitz said.

"This is terrific, what's going on," Dershowitz told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." "I think the president is saying and doing all the right things.

"His statement that Iran will 'never, ever be allowed to develop nuclear weapons' is very different from the deal that President Obama made."

The president's historical visit to the "Western Wall is also very important," Dershowitz said.

It sent a far different message than what Obama left behind when he refused to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlements and continuing construction in Palestinian territory as a "flagrant violation" of international law.

Dershowitz on Monday called Obama's decision the "stupidest ever."

"Remember, it was supposed to be international," Dershowitz said. "Jordan captured it illegally. Israel 50 years ago liberated it and allowed everybody to go to the Western Wall. And that's not legal?"

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, sitting in on the discussion, agreed Trump's visit is "one of those unusual moments in history when courageous leadership can change everything."

"We saw it happen with the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago, we saw it happen in Saudi Arabia, something I thought I would never see with the entire Sunni world coming together," Gingrich said. "We well, by the end of today, may see it happen here. All of these require unique skills, unique energy, unique focus. None of them are guaranteed to work, and President Trump is showing enormous courage."

The trip is also an ambitious one for the president to undertake for his first out-of-country trip, Gingrich said.

"The last two presidents, their first trip overseas, one was to Mexico, one was to Canada," Gingrich said. "What Trump is doing [would be] be historic in the fourth year of his presidency. This is his opening trip. And, if he keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat, he's going to come home as a much bigger figure and much more historic figure."

Dershowitz said the trip will also help Trump understand more about Israel's role in the Middle East.

"He'll understand that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that helps the United States military," Dershowitz said. "They help to develop military weapons, they helped to develop the Iron Dome. Their intelligence is absolutely remarkable.

"And they're very much like the United States. He'll feel so at home in Israel. It's a democracy. The prime minister of Israel is attacked more ferocious by the Israeli press almost than he is. He'll feel very much at home."

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