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Alan Dershowitz: J Street Undercuts Obama Policy on Iran

Alan Dershowitz

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J Street can no longer pretend to be pro-Israel, since it is actively seeking to undercut a joint Israeli and American policy designed to protect Israel and the world from a nuclear armed Iran. Nor can J Street claim to be pro-peace, since its policy will likely encourage Iran to take actions that will inevitably result in an attack either by Israel, the United States or both. Finally, it cannot be trusted to tell the truth, as evidenced by its deliberate misattribution of its views to security experts that don’t share them.

Some people have accused J Street of carrying President Obama’s water with regard to Israel and of having been “invented” to give the Obama Administration cover for taking tough policies with regard to Israeli settlement activity. But in this instance, J Street is completely undercutting the Obama policy. That would not be so bad except for the fact that the Obama White House sometimes seems to be embracing J Street and its followers. This public embrace sends a message to Iran that the Obama Administration may not mean it when it says that it will use military force if necessary to prevent a nuclear armed Iran. This may be a false message, but it is a dangerous one nevertheless. Absolutely no good has come from J Street’s soft policy on Iran. Either J Street must change its policy, or truth in advertising requires that it no longer proclaim itself a friend of Israel, a friend of peace, a friend of truth, or a friend of the Obama Administration.

Originally published at Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

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4 Responses to “Alan Dershowitz: J Street Undercuts Obama Policy on Iran”

  1. Quint Gaber says:

    In fact, J street has the correct approach. A war would be disastrous and no amount of threats of war is going to make a change in Iran's approach to its nuclear program.

    The only solution is a negotiated settlement. However, because of the 2012 US elections and pressure from Israel the current negotiations with Iran are doomed to fail. Thus, Dershowitz and his ilk have no solutions. All they want is wars and more wars.

    By the way, almost everyone now agrees that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. So, what is the urgency in staring another drumbeat for war?

  2. Keith James says:

    will America survive Israel?

  3. J Street is 100% committed to an idealized fairy-tale view of the world. In this world Israel is pressured to give up Jerusalem and all other lands and Tikun Olam, Peace and Harmony follow. With Iran, military options are foregone and the Iranians will do the right thing. Although fairy-tales are nice these tails would not end happily ever after. Jews will lose there holy places, Peace treaties will be torn up (As all the existing ones were or will be) then missiles will rain down on every town. Finally a dirty nuclear bomb is exploded in Tel-Aviv.

    Then the J-streeters will weep and go on to another book when, suddenly, another Nuclear bomb goes off in Times Square, and the J-Streeter is pulverized.

  4. Quint Gaber says:

    You are paranoid and you live in a dreamland. Careful, the Cookie Monster is going to come eat you.

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